My husband and I are planning a road trip vacation in Utah and Arizona from 26 December to 5 January. We fly into and out of Vegas, and our flights are already booked. We also have accommodation booked in Vegas to end our trip from 5 - 7 January. We are from the UK this will be our first time in this part of the States so would love to get some advice on whether this is a good itinerary:
30 December - GCNP - stay at El Tovar Hotel. Watch the sunset, have dinner at the hotel, and watch the sunrise before setting off the following morning.
31 December - Flagstaff. Sounds like a fun place to stay the night for NYE.
Then from 1st - 5th January we don't have any fixed plans. My husband would love to go back to Palm Springs, which we've been to before. It looks like this would be a 5 hour drive from Flagstaff, so we could perhaps spend 2 nights in Flagstaff and then 3 nights in Palm Springs before driving to Vegas, to get there for 5th January. Or should we plan to spend a night or two in Sedona? And would the itinerary above allow any time to visit Monument Valley (perhaps while staying in Page?).
I'm worried we're trying to fit a lot in to a short space of time so suggestions are very welcome! I have a few accommodation bookings at the moment, but they are all flexible.
Thanks for your help!