I am planning a trip of a lifetime from Europe to US next summer (mid July - end August 2019) for our family (husband and me, + 3 kids - 15, 9 and 6). We will spend 5-6 weeks, 1st week NYC, then to LV and Utah parks for ca. 10-11 days, then San Diego up to San Francisco via Yosemite . It's a lot to organise and I want it to work as well as possible, hence planning itinerary early. I would really appreciate advice about the Utah national parks part. Are the timings about right? We don't want anything too fast paced and want a couple of slightly longer stays as one of our kids needs a little bit of time to fully get into new places (the others love change so we're trying to strike a balance ;-). The kids like short(ish) hikes (we have often walked 3-4 miles in the Alps), but need downtime and pool time too. My proposed itinerary (after 2 nights in LV) is:
- drive to Bryce, stay one night in a rim cabin, basically to catch sunset and sunrise.
- drive to Page, stay 3 nights - was thinking first day antelope canyon, second day smooth river rafting; third day rent power boat on Lake Powell. Suggestions as to where to stay here would be good.
- drive to Grand Canyon south rim. Should we stay a night there or nearby, or is it enough just to stop for a couple of hours?
Finally, I'd love any suggestions as to where we could spend 1 or 2 nights on way to San Diego.
All tips, advice and practical suggestions would be super welcome. Thanks!