Subject: California Grand Canyon Trip
What's your friend's budget, when are they planning on traveling, and how much time do they have? The Grand Canyon is probably already booked for the summer, here's the government web site: Here's the link for the Getty

I'd suggest flying from Seattle to the Grand Canyon (their web site lists the various airports) and then drive around the South West. I can't speak for the other areas you mentioned, but I could perhaps help with San Francisco. Email back with more information and and I'll be glad to answer.

Joli Wilson San Rafael, CA