In July, my daughter and I are planning to travel with my sister and her family from Houston to the Grand Canyon, and then we'll part ways with my sister, et al, and make our way to LA and San Francisco to visit colleges. Our idea is to take a van from Houston to the Grand Canyon (north rim), stay there about 3 nights, then let my sister take the van home and we'll take a bus to the closest city (Vegas?) and fly over to LA, where we'll rent a car to tour around the area and then fly back to Houston.
My questions are:
1. Is the above scheme feasible in about a 12-day time frame?
2. What's the best route from Houston to the north rim of the Grand Canyon?
3. What's the best route from the Grand Canyon to the closest major metropolitan area (i.e., one where there are economical flights to LA or SF)?
Thanks for any help you can provide.