Ok have spent three nights reading and think we have come to some basic conclusions on what we want to do but would like some advice please. We are from New Zealand so very wary of driving on the opposite side of the road to what we are used to. We are getting off a cruise in Los Angeles on the 16th April 2014 after having done the Panama Canal. Los Angeles and theme parks do not appeal (we are in our 40s and enjoy a mixture of city and rural travel but big cities get the better of us after a couple of days )so we have 7 or 8 days before we need to fly home and think we would possibly like to spend a couple of days in Las Vegas and a couple of days in the Grand Canyon and a couple around the Bryce Canyon and Zion National parks. From what I can tell we would be better off hiring a car and doing a self drive tour rather than an organised bus/van tour. Is this an achievable plan or are we looking at spending to much time trying to get from a to b. Any suggestions on suggested travel routes and where to stay would be much appreciated.