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Thinking of a major itinerary change to my Grand Circle Road Trip

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After reading and reading and reading - and looking at thousands of pictures (thanks everyone for sharing your photos and trip reports here - and answering the same newbie questions over and over!) - I'm leaning toward cutting out half of my "Grand Circle Road Trip" - and just spending more time in three parks - Grand Canyon South Rim, Zion, and Bryce.

The parts I've (tentatively) cut are: Calf Creek Falls, Capitol Reef National Park, Goblin Valley State Park, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park and Monument Valley Tribal Park.

I think I'm saddest about Goblin Valley and Monument Valley - But I think I'd like more time to enjoy Bryce, Zion and the South Rim GC... I really want the kids to be able to do the Junior Ranger programs at each park, and have time for some hikes. It's also really important to me to show them the night sky. We live very close to Chicago - and my kids have never really seen stars.

So, if you were going to fly into and out of Vegas - What order would you do the south rim, Zion and Bryce? I'm leaning toward three nights for each (or how would you divy up 7-10 nights?). That will be a lot less driving and a lot more park time. Plus, if we fall in love with this type of vacation, we can always come back and explore more parks/areas.


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