We (my b/f and I) are planning a two-week road trip to the southwest at the end of Sept/beginning of Oct. We are casual road trippers who will be seeing the natural sights, hiking, taking pics. We love the outdoors but aren't super marathon hikers. No camping on this trip. We'd like to stay in B&Bs or nice motels. I am looking for advice on must-see places between Salt Lake City and the Grand Canyon/Sedona. We are planning on taking the train from San Jose, CA to Salt Lake City and then renting a car and touring southern Utah and the Grand Canyon. Though we are definitely planning on Zion and Bryce, we're a bit hung up on the best stuff to see and do beyond Zion. Definitely the Grand Canyon. But is North Rim better than South? We were thinking of staying in Flagstaff for a couple of nights. Maybe squeezing in Sedona. Are there some gems that we should know about? We have no idea really.
Any suggestions would be very helpful.
Our schedule thus far is:
Day 1: Train from San Jose to Sacramento
Day 2: Train from Sacramento to SLC (arrive 4 am)
Rent a car, drive to Springdale UT for visit to Zion/Bryce
Day 3: Zion/Bryce
Day 7: Zion Bryce
Day 8: ?
Day 9: ?
Day 10 ?
Day 11 Maybe Flagstaff
Day 12 Maybe Flagstaff
Day 13 Unknown....somewhere between Flagstaff and SLC.
Day 14: Return to Salt Lake City. Train from SLC to San Jose
Day 15 Arrive San Jose
Thanks so much for your input. This area is so fantastic and we don't want to screw up our vacation by seeing the wrong stuff or wasting out time.