My cousin Matt and I had planned to drive from San Francisco to Moab in a week in a rental to explore all of the beautiful public lands in between. After doing more research, it costs a LOT of money to drive over a thousand miles in a rental car...especially if you aren't 25 and don't plan on bringing it back to the same pick up location. Don't ask why we didn't think this through...we just didn't.
With the rental company quoting us well over a thousand dollars, we were kind of screwed and to add to the stress, my flight back home to Alaska was out of Denver which at the time, was around a thousand miles away because well, I had already flown into San Francisco. After spending the day relaxing in the Bay, we said heck let's just fly to Denver and start our trip there...so we did and as for our car situation, Zipcar had this epic red Jeep so we said heck to that too.