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    In May our group of four plan to travel by road from San Fran (four nights) to Yosemite (two nights), then to Death Valley (one night), to Zion (one night), then Bryce Canyon (one night), on to Monument Valley (one night), Grand Canyon (two nights) then staying in Vegas (four nights), and driving to LA (five nights).

    Please can anybody tell me:
    1) Does this sound like a realisitic route with the suggested timescales that have been allowed?
    2) We would prefer to leave out Death Valley and Zion and focus on the rest. Any comments on this, and if so can anybody provide an alternateive route that excludes these stop overs?
    3) We plan to hire a Chevrolet Trailblazer (as we are four people and luggage) is this appropriate for the driving conditions? Any reasonably priced suppliers?
    4) Can anybody suggest good hotels/motels on this route that are reasonably priced?
    5) We plan to do a helicopter journey in Grand Canyon - any suggestions on this tour or others at the Canyon or suggest reasonably priced suppliers?
    6) Any suggestions for tours at either Yosemite or San Fran?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kash View Post
    In May our group of four plan to travel by road from San Fran (four nights) to Yosemite (two nights), then to Death Valley (one night), to Zion (one night), then Bryce Canyon (one night), on to Monument Valley (one night), Grand Canyon (two nights) then staying in Vegas (four nights), and driving to LA (five nights).

    Please can anybody tell me:
    1) Does this sound like a realisitic route with the suggested timescales that have been allowed?
    We get many questions about this area and these routes. You might enjoy reading through the discussions linked to from here. They should give you a lot of ideas and helpful information.

    You're looking at about 2000 miles. Yes, this is do-able in the timeframe you have. The legs from Yosemite to Death Valley and Death Valley to Zion are a tad long so you might want to get early starts on those days so you have time to stop and explore along the way. And you really don't allow yourself much time to explore the places you're stopping at. So, in essence, it's do-able but I think you will feel rushed.

    Here's a link to a map of a possible route that includes all these stops. Is this kind of what you were thinking of?

    2) We would prefer to leave out Death Valley and Zion and focus on the rest. Any comments on this, and if so can anybody provide an alternateive route that excludes these stop overs?
    Well, if that's what you prefer, that is what you should do. It really won't save you many miles but it will save you some stops so that you can linger a bit longer in the other places.

    3) We plan to hire a Chevrolet Trailblazer (as we are four people and luggage) is this appropriate for the driving conditions? Any reasonably priced suppliers?
    The Chevy would work fine for you. If you don't like driving an SUV-style vehicle, you could also look into either a bigger sedan or a mini-van. I've driven most of these routes in a small hatchback. The roads aren't difficult to drive. The best way to get prices is to check out the various websites of the bigger rental companies like Hertz, Avis, Nationwide, National, Budget, etc. I'm sorry I'm not familiar with any more budget-friendly rental car sources.

    4) Can anybody suggest good hotels/motels on this route that are reasonably priced?
    Many of these areas will have chain hotels close by or along the route. Budget chains include Motel 6, Super 8, Econolodge, Days Inn, Budget Inn, and more. I believe they all have their own websites so you can google them and easily find out if they have hotels in the locations you want to stop-over at.

    If you want to closest to Bryce, you can't beat Ruby's, in my opinion. Great place and it's right outside the park entrance. I don't recall seeing anything else that was as close.

    You really have to drive closer to Flagstaff to find budget hotels when visiting the Grand Canyon. But there are some lovely hotels in the park worth splurging on.

    5) We plan to do a helicopter journey in Grand Canyon - any suggestions on this tour or others at the Canyon or suggest reasonably priced suppliers?
    I've not had the pleasure so I'm not help there. But the link to hotels in Grand Canyon above has helicopter tour information that might prove helpful. It's in the column on the left.

    6) Any suggestions for tours at either Yosemite or San Fran?
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    I tend to avoid tours so I can't help you there. You might do a search at this website for some information because there have been a lot of discussions abou these areas.

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