Last year my partner, John, and I stayed in st. George UT for 5 nights while we visited Cedar Breaks, Bryce, Zion, and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Let me emphasize that St. George is the best spot for a base to visit the North Rim of the Grand, which you will very much enjoy. It’s far less visited, so you can drive to the trailheads instead of using a shuttle bus. Enjoy a lunch in the hotel’s dining room, which is a step or two above Roadfood but is a great value. When you return, at the northern edge of the Kaibab Plateau you will see the ENTIRE Grand Staircase, which includes Bryce and Zion. Just WHY it’s called the Grand Staircase will become perfectly clear to you.
John and I were very well treated in St. George. We dined one night at the Painted Pony, supposedly the best restaurant there, in Ancestor Square, but thought it was not a good value. We much preferred the Chinese restaurant that’s downstairs in the same building as the Painted Pony. We liked the frozen custard at the place on St. George Blvd., north side, with the name that began with an "N" but disliked the Iceberg’s food. There’s a good Smith’s grocery store with a Conoco gas station in its parking lot. Not only is the Conoco good gas at the lowest price in St. George, but if you spend money at the Smith’s you’ll get a coupon for something off your gas purchase. This is at the far western end of the Blvd. at Bluff Street. Locals speak lovingly of their city parks. I stayed in St. George again later last summer as it is such a welcoming place.
Soon after you leave LV, you’ll see the freeway is headed toward a mountain chain. Wait ’til you see the canyon the freeway passes through! Be sure to take layers of warm clothing to Bryce and Cedar Breaks, which are at 9000 and 10,000 feet of elevation respectively. Don’t assume it will be warm anywhere but in St. George itself.