My family and I are planning a trip from Albuquerque to San Diego (Camp Pendleton) and back. We have hotel reservations at the Marine Corp base from 24 April - 28 April, five nights. We plan on leaving ABQ Saturday the 23rd. We have a free place to stay en route, in Sun City, Az. We'd like to stay there both ways. We plan on leaving CA on Friday the 29th. What route/s would you recommend? Do you have any advice about where to stop to get dates (the fruit), good places for Thai food, amazing natural wonders along the way, neat tidal pools and good shelling beaches?