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This road trip beginner called out for help - you answered!

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About three weeks ago I called out to you for help with our road-trip itinerary: http://www.fodors.com/community/united-states/road-trip-and-canyon-experts-out-there-please-help-a-beginner.cfm

Thank you all who answered!

You gave me your tips and suggestions; I listened to some of them, and this is the result. This final version of the itinerary will not change, but if you have any additional tips like “while in X, don’t miss Y” I would highly appreciate them. Places to eat, and of course if you have specific favorite hikes you can recommend, for example good sunset hikes.

Our trip will be in three parts:

1. LV and the grand circle of Utah (15 days)
2. Yellowstone and surroundings (6 days)
3. Yosemite, the Californian coast line and LV (11 days)

Here is the Grand Circle part:

Day 1: Landing in LV in the afternoon

Day 2: LV – pool and relax, get supplies for our trip, see the Freemont light show

Day 3: maybe visit Hoover Dam in the morning then drive LV - Springdale (Zion), maybe hike Zion in the evening

Day 4: Full day in Zion, hike Angels Landing in the morning, and some other hike in the evening.

Day 5: Morning hike in Zion, then drive Springdale – Page. Horseshoe bend hike by Lake Powell in the evening at sunset.

Day 6: Antelope Canyon hike early in the morning, then drive Page - GC (via Cameron). Sunset in GC (we lodge in the park)

Day 7: Morning hike along the rim in GC, spend the day in GC, then drive GC - Monument Valley in the afternoon. We lodge in Goulding, we hope to see the sunset in MV from some strategic point, tips are welcome.

Day 8: Scenic drive and horseback ride in Monument Valley in the morning, drive Goulding - Cortez in the evening.

Day 9: Mesa Verde full day sightseeing

Day 10: drive Cortez - Moab in the morning, visit Needles District of Canyonlands with a quick stop at Newspaper Rock on the way, sunset hike in Arches.

Day 11: Morning hike in Arches NP, rafting in the afternoon

Day 12: Moab – canyoneering (have not booked yet) or hiking

Day 13: drive from Moab to Torrey (Capitol Reef)in the morning, visit Goblin Valley on the way,maybe hike Capitol Reef in the evening (depending on the time we spend on Goblin Valley)

Day 14: Hike Capitol Reef in the morning, eat homemade pie at Grifford Ranch house, Drive Hwy 12 between Torrey and Bryce Canyon. Depending on when we get going, we will try to see some of the sights along Hwy 12 (to choose from: Burr trail, the Anazasi museum in Boulder, Kiva Coffee House)

Day 15: Canyon trail ride in Bryce Canyon in the morning, maybe some hiking in Bryce Canyon in the evening.

Day 16: Drive from Bryce Canyon to Yellowstone

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