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Old Feb 19, 09, 6:16 am
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"Hey, honey, let's pop the top down and, er, feel that exciting mist hit our faces!"
Out of context that statement could be deemed explicit ...
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Old Feb 19, 09, 6:31 am
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Welcome to FT jgoodma3!

If you find your rental not to your liking you can always exchange the car for another make/model. I would suggest driving to Las Vegas to get a good feel and then contact the local office in Las Vegas if you want to pursue an exchange.

I agree with jackel that your itinerary seems aggressive. You will have two days dedicated just to driving with little or no time for sightseeing. Towards the end of you trip you may be so tired you might forget some of what you saw or miss those ‘just at the moment’ opportunities. You may need a vacation to recover from your US vacation :eek:. Below is what I cam up with using the mapping function at Google.

On a separate but related note – on a return trip you should drive the PCH (CA Route 1) from San Francisco to LA – beautiful vistas!

Enjoy and travel safe

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<[url]http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Los+Angeles+Airport+(Los +Angeles+International)&daddr=3600+Las+Vegas+Blvd+ S,+Las+Vegas,+NV+89109+(Bellagio)+to:Bryce+Canyon, +UT+to:Hwy+9,+Springdale,+UT+84767+(US+Zion+Nation al+Park)+to:Arches+National+Park+to:Death+Valley,+ CA+to:9039+Village+Dr,+Yosemite+Natl+Pk,+CA+95389+ (Yosemite+National+Park)+to:SFO&hl=en&geocode=%3B% 3B%3BFbi4NwIdaPFD-SH2JPwZL_dY1w%3BFRX8TAIdixp4-SE7AfVuiVAySA%3B%3BFUf9PwIdDDvf-CF9KmAT3mNVsg%3B&mra=ls&sll=36.256304,-114.899483&sspn=13.607927,19.775391&ie=UTF8&ll=36. 456636,-115.97168&spn=13.574247,19.775391&z=6>


Start at: Los Angeles International Los Angeles Airport - Bellagio, Las Vegas, NV, 282 mi – about 4 hours 15 mins, up to 5 hours 40 mins in traffic

Bellagio, Las Vegas, NV – Bryce Canyon, Utah, 256 mi – about 4 hours 33 mins

Bryce Canyon, Utah – US Zion National Park, UT, 85.7 mi – about 1 hour 59 mins

US Zion National Park, UT – Arches National Park, UT, 343 mi – about 5 hours 10 mins

Arches National Park, UT – Death Valley, CA, 576 mi – about 9 hours 9 mins

Death Valley, CA – Yosemite National Park, CA, 449 mi – about 8 hours 29 mins

Yosemite National Park, CA – San Francisco Airport, 192 mi – about 3 hours 33 mins

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Old Feb 19, 09, 7:28 am
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Thanks for your input, I may do some amendments to our itinery. I think the best option would be to omit Arches and Zion, these can be done another time as i plan to return to the USA as much as possible .
I've been thinking about what you said about exchanging the car if i didnt like it, this sounds great, i wasn't sure how companies usually felt about this!
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Old Feb 19, 09, 8:38 am
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Originally Posted by jgoodma3 View Post
I've been thinking about what you said about exchanging the car if i didnt like it, this sounds great, i wasn't sure how companies usually felt about this!
National car rental companies are accustomed to customers exchanging vehicles when there is a (safety) issue. Sometimes you may get a smaller car and other times you may get a larger vehicle based on what is available in the current inventory. You may want to call the local office Las Vegas to inquire about what they have (and where they are located as many companies have office in town) before going to one of their offices.
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Old Feb 19, 09, 9:26 am
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Dollar has several offices in Vegas that are all corporate (they're all in local hotels/casinos, IIRC), so any of them can be used to exchange your vehicle. However, the airport location will have the greatest vehicle availability and selection. Your rental will still effectively be a LAX rental, so you should not have to worry about any taxes or other changes to your rate (unless you choose to upgrade to a larger vehicle).

One correction to Italy98's helpful post: Zion is closer to Vegas than Bryce Canyon is. I would run the Google Map LAX->LAS->Zion->Bryce->Arches->Death Valley->Yosemite->SFO.

In any case, Zion and Bryce are close enough together that if you're going to see one, you might as well see the other (just a couple of hours apart, as indicated by Italy98). So, I'd either cut out just Arches or cut out all of Utah and go straight from Vegas to Death Valley.

If you do end up doing Zion and Bryce, make sure to look up and stop at the absolutely fabulous Adobe Deli in Hatch, UT, about halfway between the parks. It was good enough to merit me writing a review on it on Tripadvisor--something that I'm normally too lazy to do. Do me a favor and order a sizzling steak fajita to go (er, for take-away ) and mail (er, post ) it to me after you eat there. I'm salivating just thinking about it!
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Old Feb 19, 09, 9:48 am
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Do me a favor and order a sizzling steak fajita to go (er, for take-away ) and mail (er, post ) it to me after you eat there. I'm salivating just thinking about it!
I think I at least owe you this for your helpful comments! It might get a bit stale in the "mail" though (that rhymed.. awesome) ... I could always send it via UPS on priority, ya never know it might get to you still hot!
I might leave UT NP's till next year as im already planning NYC > San Fran the long way round, im just itching to get back to manhattan!
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Ah, yes. I've been to NYC what, now, 5 times and I still can't get enough of it. Every visit is far too short.

Sounds like an awesome road trip! (Hope you allot more than two weeks for that one, though! )

In any case, have fun on this one, too! Wish I could join ya...I miss it down there...
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Originally Posted by jackal View Post
Right--"Hey, honey, let's pop the top down and, er, feel that exciting mist hit our faces!"

Indeed, there is little that compares with driving in sunny weather with the top down!
Well just make sure you have the heated seats turned on
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