Hi everyone and thank you for your kind replies!
To lightwisps: Don, your invitation is temping but unfortunately I won't have enough time in Canada to consider travelling outside of Montreal this time. Maybe next time I visit Canada!
To Mustafa: Your sister was right, I ended up booking a Grand Canyon sunset van tour for $155. Better than renting a car by myself I guess.
To Uncle Bill: Again too bad I won't have the time to visit cities outside of Montreal this time. Thank you for the advice on planning ahead what to see in New YorK. I've been in New York a couple of brief times before but never had the pleasure to shoot film there yet.
I'm excited about my upcoming trip! Getting close.