We are driving from Detroit to Orange County, CA this Thursday. We will take the I-80, I-70, I-15 route and want to do this in 5 days. We want to spend 1 day in Vegas for rest and relaxation.
Question 1: What stopping points would you recommend before Vegas with consideration for food, refuel and bathroom stops as we only want to do 8 hours or so of driving per day? We prefer good, safe, solid middle class neighborhoods along the I-80 and I-70 with decent selection of newer hotels (3 stars or better) at reasonable rates.
Question 2: Is there any hotel in Las Vegas along the strip that has self parking? We are taking a lot of personal belongings with us in our car and prefer not to use valet parking.