Glad to be part of the community!
I'm American, but lived abroad all my life, so now I'm planning some trips to get to know my country!
One of the main one's is a big road trip with some friends in California, but also try to see Vegas and the Grand Canyon while we're at it! The initial idea is flying in to Phoenix (from NYC), rent a car, and then drive > Grand Canyon > Vegas > LA > Pacific Coast Highway > Big Sur > SF ! We're planning on doing this in 9 days, stopping only for a day or two in each place...The route seems perfect, but I'm running in to issues with renting a car, since 1-way rents are so expensive. I'm also under 25, so that doesn't help either.
So I was thinking about doing part's of the trip by bus, and renting cars only in-state, to avoid drop off fees (but that could be complicated, since it would be 3 states!).
I also thought of flying in to and renting in Vegas, and then go to the Canyon and back, but that didn't seem to change the rental prices muchs.
I was wondering then if anyone has tried anything like this, or has any info on the best parts to do by bus, best place to rent a car...etc! Of course, any tips/suggestions on the trip idea as a whole, are welcome!
Thank you very much for any insights!