I am planning a trip to Vegas at the end of August. We plan to spend the majority of that time outside of the Vegas Strip. In 2004 I planned a road trip starting in Phoenix and went up to Bozeman, MT before returning to Salt Lake City. Had an amazing time and fell in love with this part of the country and its National Parks. I am so very excited to be returning for a taste of it all again.
I have been searching the forums and gathered good info and ideas, but was curious if it would be better to head towards Zion/Bryce and then down to the Grand Canyon, or the other way around? Or does it even matter? This is all going to be packed into two nights/three days. But I figure they do these tours from Vegas for just the day so this should be doable or am I insane?
Also is it not a good idea to go to Death Valley in August? Just want to see it and get some good pictures. What are the best stops to do for a day trip for Death Valley?
I am mostly interested in getting great pictures for this trip, so any other side trips would also be appreciated!