Firstly Happy Christmas and new Year to you all!
I'm looking into the viability of a trip with my partner going from SF to Phoenix from June 1st to 18th, flying from the UK into SF and departing from Phoenix.
I have family living in Tempe and wish to use part of our trip to catch up with them hence the need to fly out of Phoenix. Our other thought was to fly into Seattle and drive down to Phoenix but not sure if it is too far to consider.
This will be our second road trip, we visited the same time this year, flying into Phoneix, staying in Tempe, then driving to Williams, GC and Sedona and finishing off in Scottsdale before flying home. We had 18 days and it was a great balance between the drives and having time to relax. We don't want a trip which is based on driving very long hours, for us it defeats the object of having a holiday and seeing places we normally wouldn't get to see.
My other half is insistent that he does not want to visit Las Vegas at all so any road trip needs to avoid it! (I've visited and loved it but guess its not everyone's taste)
The other consideration is we need a car hire which will be picked up in SF and dropped off in Phoenix - is this difficult to find?
I've driven through Zion, Momument Valley, Deat Valley and Hoover Dam back in 2004 and have always wanted to return and would love to combine these into this years trip. Any thoughts/possible itenaries would be greatly appreciated.