Hello! I am new to this forum and would love some advice on planning our family summer trip. My husband and I are in our mid-30's and we have a 6 year old daughter. We took a six week summer road trip a couple of years ago from Ft. Worth > DC > Philadelphia > Williamsburg > Blue Ridge Pkwy > Hilton Head > Savannah/Charleston > Orlando > Destin > Ft. Worth. It was the most wonderful trip - we saw so many great towns and we did it at a very leisurley pace, so not too much stress.
This year, we would like to go to the West Coast. We are planning on about a 3 week trip (could go as long as 4 weeks if needed). We are traveling in a Tahoe and usually plan to drive about 5 hours at most per day.
So far, here is our itinarery:
May 24 - Fort Worth to El Paso (stay with family )
May 27 - El Paso to Anaheim: We do not mind taking 2-3 days to get to Anaheim. We plan on staying in Anaheim at least 4-5 days to go to Disneyland and other attractions. We will then head to San Diego for at least 4-5 days. We definitely plan on visiting the Zoo, Sea World and spending some time on the beaches. I would like to book our Anaheim & San Diego hotels in advance. From San Diego, we would like to go to the Grand Canyon (south Rim) and perhaps spend a couple of days there. We will probably make the trip there in 2 days, so any suggested scenic routes and stops along the way would be appreciated. We would like to stay in the Canyon, so I understand we have to book rather quickly as rooms are filling up. From the Grand Canyon, we are planning to head back to Ft. Worth. We can take a few days to head back.
I have not added up all the days, but I assume this can be done in 3-4 weeks. I would mainly like advice on scenic routes for traveling between our main destinations and interesting places to see along the way (for us and a 6 year old). We do not have to have something to do everywhere we stop, but we definitely would like some pretty drives along the way.
We are flexible on our dates for locations and the routes - the only definites are we have to be in El Paso on May 26, so that will definitely be our first stop. Otherwise, we can either do Anaheim first or perhaps Grand Canyon first. My only concern was that I wanted to be at Disneyland earlier to try and beat some of the summer crowds.
I've gotten some info about the San Diego to Grand Canyon leg of the route from other threads, but would really like some suggestions for stops that would be interesting for a 6 year old. Especially from El Paso to Anaheim and the Grand Canyon back to Fort Worth.
Thanks for any advice you can give!!