Thanks for the response! I forgot to mention Moro Rock. That definitely sounds great. You said to go there first thing in the morning. Have you ever gone at sunset? I was just thinking sunset might be more dramatic as the sun hits the western side of the Sierrras. Then again, I can just do both! : ) As for my trip, I've already got reservations booked. Here's my complete itinerary:
May 21---Fly Knoxville to Las Vegas---stay at Hampton Inn on west side of Vegas. I've been to Vegas once to drive the strip and that's all. I have no desire to return really.
May 22---Vegas to Yosemite West---I plan to drive through Death Valley and stop at some spots. If Tioga Road is open, I'll take that over the Sierras to Yosemite West.
May 23---Yosemite---entire day in Yosemite
May 24---Yosemite---entire day in Yosemite
May 25---Yosemite West to Tulare---Spending the majority of the day in Yosemite then driving to Tulare
May 26---Sequoia/Kings Canyon---entire day in Sequoia/Kings Canyon
May 27---Tulare to St. George---spending the first 1/2 in Sequoia/Kings Canyon and driving in the afternoon to St. George
May 28---St. George to Mt. Carmel, UT---spending the day at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon
May 29---Mt. Carmel, UT to Springdale, UT---spending first half in Bryce and second half in Zion
May 30---Zion---spending entire day in Zion
May 31---Springdale to Vegas---Spending the majority of the day in Zion and going to Valley of Fire SP in the late afternoon. VERY late flight back from Vegas to Knoxville
Thanks for the tip about Highway 12, but I don't think it will fit into my schedule. I've already been to the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands before. I would love to take Highway 12 and do Capitol Reef again, but it will have to be another vacation. Every time I've been to southern Utah I want to do Highway 12, but it never works out. Next trip to that part of the country, I'm making it a priority to take that road. BTW, we're getting the National Parks Pass. I've gotten one every year since 2000. Every year since then, we've gone "Out West" for a week and really fallen in love with the western national parks. We've been to Guadalupe Mtns., Carlsbad, Saguaro, Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Dinosaur, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Great Sand Dunes, Rocky Mountain, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Glacier, Theodore Roosevelt, and Badlands in the west and Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains (in my backyard) in the east. I love them all, but I have to say Glacier is my favorite. If you ever want info. on any of these places, I'd be more than happy to help. You've helped me out so much. Thanks again!!!