We stayed just outside of the park in Springdale at the Pioneer lodge.
From the outside the hotel looks dated, but the rooms are totally renovated and it's one of the cleanest and friendliest places we've stayed!
On our first full day in the park we hiked the famous "Angels Landing" trail. We hiked up the few hundred feet of twist, turns and cliffs that will make your jaw drop. In some places there are chains to hold on to, but mostly it's just a matter of being sure footed and careful.
The view was amazing and totally worth the 2 hours to the top. We met a nice local couple while at the summit we shared stories while eating lunch and chasing of bandit chipmunks.
From Zion we headed north east towards Bryce Canyon National Park. I had seen pictures of Bryce, but it was even more incredible in person. After stopping at the vistor center we drove out to the Navajo loop trail head, which connects with the Queens Garden trail.
The view from the top is stunning, but If your going to make the trek out to the canyon, I highly recommend doing the entire loop trail that takes you down into the canyon where you can stand among the beautiful carved hoodoos.
We are currently in Park City,Utah. It snowed our first day here and we are enjoying the sites and relaxing for a bit before we get back on the road.