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San Fran to Yosemite/Sequoia then Las Vegas to Bryce/Zion/ GC

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My dad and brothers and I are taking a 2 week trip in July (I know not the best month but the only one that worked with our school/work schedules) to see some of the great western national parks we've never seen. We are avid hikers and all in good physical condition. The goal of our trip is to see as much nature as we can and get a good feeling for the geological and ecological habitats of the western united states! We are from Georgia and love the beautiful Appalachian mountains but are super excited to get some time in west of the Mississippi!

Here is our itinerary, let me know what you think and any suggestions. I had some thought to cut out sequoia and spend 4 days in Yosemite. None of us have ever been to any of these parks before and not sure when we would ever get a chance to go back.

Day 1: Arrive/ San Fran
Day 2: San Fran
Day 3: Drive to Yosemite, Camp in Upper Pines (already have our spot reserved)
Day 4: Yosemite (Upper Pines)
Day 5: We have a choice here: Head to Sequoia (Lodgepole campground) or stay one more night in Yosemite at Crane Flat campground.
Day 6: Sequoia (lodgepole)
Day 7: Drive to Las Vegas, one night in Vegas (need to do this night as one of my brothers is flying home this day from LV)
Day 8: Drive to Zion, camp in Zion
Day 9: Zion, drive latish to Bryce to see Sunset at Bryce
Day 10: Bryce
Day 11: Drive to Grand Canyon
Day 12: Hiking into GC, have permit to stay at Bright Angel Campground
Day 13: Stay on Rim of GC
Day 14: Up for sunrise and out to Pheonix to drive home.

So I'd love advice on this itinerary. I know it's a lot but we have a lot we want to see! Also would love recommendations on good day hikes in all of these parks. Like I said we are avid hikers so don't mind a challenge!

Thanks!!

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