This is my first time on this forum, and this will also be my first American Road trip in winter. I am an Aussie who has done USA trips in summer but winter is a whole new ball game and no matter how much research I do, I feel lost. Can someone please give me some advice here. The first few days of my trip are pretty much set in concrete. We fly into LA and head straight to Palm Springs for 3 nights, around 21/22/23 December. We are thinking going from palm springs through Joshua tree and staying overnight at 29 Palms. Then onwards through mojave national preserve to Vegas for two nights (arriving xmas day). We then have 9 days up our sleeve before our pre-booked accommlodation in Anaheim. I had been intending to go north from Vegas to Zion, then around the Grand Canyon on the northern side, then head down to Sedona. Now I am getting nervous about winter conditions, I hear the northern rim will be closed. I am worried about other possible road closures or the need for chains. With 9 days to play with, can anyone recommend a good way to see some lovely national parks and the grand canyon, heading off from Las Vegas? Should we just forget about Zion and head along the southern edge of the grand canyon? Or could we fit in Zion and then back track to the southern edge of the grand canyon? Any other ideas for an amazing trip that gets us back to Anaheim / LA area, without too much concern about the winter driving? Any advice would be appreciated. I just have no idea what to expect, I NEVER travel in winter!!!
Thanks so much!!!