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Favorite thing: Driving through Utah? Here is a route option for a 10 day visit.
Day 1) From Denver take I-70 through Colorado. I love the Colorado river gorge just before Glenwood Springs. If you don't want to drive all the way to Moab then stay either in Glenwood Springs which is kind of a resort feel, or Grand Junction. Near Grand Junction is Colorado Natl Monument. It is a beautiful drive.
Day 2-3) Then take the detour to Moab via hwy 128 and see Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands and Arches Natl Parks.. You could spend half a day at Island in the Sky. Stop for the view of the Shafer trail, hike Mesa Arch and GrandView trails. Stop at the Green River viewpoint, hike to Aztec Buttes. Then spend a full day at Arches, lots of short hikes- through Park Avenue, to the Windows, and Double Arch, be sure to take the hike to Delicate Arch!!
Day 4 ) Then head back to I-70 and just past Green River take hwy 24 south through Hanksville to Capitol Reef Natl Park. Along the way stop for a visit at Goblin Valley State Park for an hour or two. Stay in Torrey. You could spend a day exploring Capitol Reef. I always recommend the scenic drive down to Capitol Gorge, great drive and a short easy hike to the "tanks".
Day 5) Then head south on Hwy 12. This a one of the great drives in the country. See: http://scenicbyway12.com/ If you take all day you could visit the Anasazi State Park in Boulder, take the first 15 or so miles along the Burr Trail, stop at Kiva Koffeehouse for lunch, take the Hole in the Rock road to Devil's Garden, visit the Escalante Visitors Center for the Grand Staircase-Escalante NM before arriving at Bryce Canyon. Stay near Bryce either at Ruby's or in the park. This isn't what I would call an interesting town, but you haven't got much choice there.
Day 6) Spend the next day in Bryce. Watching the sunset or sunrise on the cliffs is a favorite activity. Take the Navaho to Queen's Garden loop from Sunset point, drive the scenic drive to the end then stop on the way back for the viewpoints. If it is a clear night, without a moon enjoy the stars.
Day 7-8) Next day drive to Zions National Park, stay in Springdale which is a cute little town. A few easy trails would be Emerald pools, Riverside walk, Canyon Overlook, Pa'rus and Watchman. If you want something more challenging then try the Narrows or Angel's Landing.
Day 9) drive to LV.
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