my husband and I will visit the parks of the west coast the last two weeks of December. We start and end our trip in Phoenix, and will drive with a rental car to Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion Park, Las Vegas, Death Valley, LA, Phoenix. We are worried that the economy or smallest rental car will not be robust enough for the terrain - which we are not familiar with as Europeans. Is it worth paying the extra money for a 4x4 rental with (we assume) stronger tyres?
Any tips on food, lodging, guided tours, ... related to our above planned trip are also more than welcome!! Thanks!!!