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Feb 10th, 2018, 07:29 AM
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Drive to lake Tahoe(5hrs)

I don't know where you are from, but this is a famous mining town where silver was extracted. It was the richest silver mine in US; hence, Nevada is known as the silver state. The opera house hosted singers from New York and San Francisco. It is now a restored tourist town. If from Europe, you would enjoy this. Ensure you visit the cemetery.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_City,_Nevada
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attracti...ty_Nevada.html

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Feb 12th, 2018, 07:23 PM
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After Zion I would head directly to the Grand Canyon so you aren’t backtracking. The downtime in Vegas sounds like a great idea after hiking in Zion and Grand Canyon.
You could hike the Grand Canyon rim to rim. There is a shuttle service that will take you between the paths. Kaibab lodge on the north rim is one of the shuttle locations. Also, the campground at the bottom of the Canyon fills up fast so make reservations now.
Zion: my favorite hike was Observation pt. Less crowded, overlooks angels landing and awesome views. I did emerald pools narrows on the same day. Unless it rains, I wouldn’t make the pools a priority (not spectacular without running water). Whatever you decide to hike, go as early as possible in the morning. You want to be in the shade as long as possible and you can avoid the crowds. I was usually done hiking by 3 so a place with a pool was great. I stayed at Zion Motel. Clean, modest, motel about a mile from zion enterance. I would walk to the park each morning since the free town bus started after the park bus. If you are arriving too early to check in but too late to avoid the main Canyon crowds check out Koloa Canyon section is Zion.
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Feb 12th, 2018, 08:42 PM
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bjchi - recommended Observation Point over Angels point (been to both)
I agree, OP is the best overlook of Zion.
Best time is when the sun is at its highest point in the sky. (thus 20-21 June is the best time)
This is the trail guide from valley floor
The trail from the valley bottom is one of the most strenuous trails in Zion.
Unless you are a goat, this is a full day hike although the web site below lists it as 5 hours round trip.

Zion's Observation Point - Observation Point

There is an east entry, by the Ranger entry gate, that is an easier route (less elevation) than from the valley.

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