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Zion - Bryce - Page - Grand Canyon Itinerary

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I'm planning an 8-night/9-day trip with my family (husband, two college age daughters and a 12-year-old son) in July. My rough plan is to fly into Las Vegas and drive directly to Zion, staying there two nights in a lodge or hotel. Then 1 night in Bryce, and 2 nights in Page, Arizona. We love boating, but don't think we'll ever be able to manage a week-long houseboating vacation on Lake Powell, so I'm hoping two nghts in a motel with a one-day ski boat rental will satisfy us. Then on to the Grand Canyon for 2 nights. My first thought was the North Rim, but I don't really know the differences between the rims. At the GC, I'd like to stay in a cabin or hotel room (can get 2 cabins/rooms, if needed) with a spectacular view, and we'd like to do a hike, but nothing extreme (5 miles max?). The last night would be in Las Vegas.

We will be hiking, boating, and maybe canyoneering (would need a guide for that).

Here are my questions:
-Are the driving distances reasonable (mostly 3 hrs or under)?
-Is the order and number of nights good? I can rearrange, but not add to the total number of nights.
-Would the South or North Rim be more accessible/spectacular/interesting/cooler temps?
-How important is it to stay inside the Zion and Bryce National Parks?

Thanks in advance for your advice!

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