Subject: Grand Canyon plus Bryce, Zion, etc.
PAt, four wheel drive is only needed if you plan on driving off-road. Somthing first time visitors probably wont do. However try to rent a car that can handle some dirt roads if needed. The dirt roads are level and in very good shape, just dusty. The Siera club and also GORP have web sites with links to area info.Make sure to bring lot's of water with you in case you need it.As well as #30 or better sun block, and hats. The desert is still an unforgiving locale. For accomadations they are all about the same except the Lodge of course which I have no personal experience with. Plan $50 -$70 a night for a clean modern motel for two. you do not need anything more then a bed, a/c, and a shower. You will be outside most of the time. My hotel info is so outdated it is worthless so I wont bother to post it. AAA or Mobil guides are the best bet for this type of travel. Airfare is high this summer with coast to coast around $400. you may find it cheaper to fly into Salt Lake or Phoenix and then drive a bit. If not, LA to Grand Canyon is a about 8-10 hours from what I remember but check that. David

Thank You, David West CA. U.S.A.