My sister and I are planning a trip for my parents for their 50th wedding anniversary next year, so we figured we'd send them to some of the places I fell in love with in southern Utah during my road trip last year. They've never been to this part of the country. Can only afford up to seven nights, and thinking this itinerary for them (note that they are big hikers, though they wouldn't do extreme hikes like Angel's Landing):
Day 2: Zion
Day 3: Spend morning doing east drive/Canyon Overlook in Zion, then head to Grand Canyon North Rim. Stay North Rim.
Day 4: North Rim
Day 5: North Rim to Bryce. Stay Bryce.
Day 6: Highway 12 to Escalante or Capitol Reef. Stay Torrey or Escalante.
Day 7: Either a second night in Torrey or second night in Escalante, or just one night Torrey and then head back down Highway 12 and stay Escalante on night 7 (realize it's back-tracking, but back-tracking on Highway 12 isn't necessarily a bad thing).
Day 8: Leave Torrey or Escalante and head back to Vegas for later flight.
I figure Escalante will have them a little closer to Vegas for the long drive on the final day, plus they could always do a day trip to Capitol Reef, but also see value in staying in Torrey to eat at Cafe Diablo and not drive back anywhere in the dark.
Thoughts on this?
Also, their anniversary is August but planning this trip from a Tuesday to Tuesday either in late September or first week October for the great weather and also golden aspens at North Rim/Bryce/Boulder Mountain, ect.