Hi all. Would really appreciate some advice for our planned family roadtrip which we're trying to put together at the moment. I've found some great pointers on here so far, but as we're taking a bit of an odd route, I thought it'd be worth starting a thread to check we weren't attempting something unreasonable. We're travelling from the UK (my wife and I, plus our 3-year-old) and coming into Phoenix Intl around 3 Apr 2013. We're purposely not sticking to a rigid plan but we do have certain dates and places we need to be in, but everything else is up for debate. We're looking at 2 1/2 weeks total, flying into Phoenix Intl and leaving via LAX. I've been to the US a couple of times for Coachella and done some driving but I'll definitely be a bit rusty on US roads. I want to limit the amount of long drives between the main places we will be spending a few days in, and as we have a small child, I think about 3 hours is the max we can do between stages.
3 Apr Phoenix Intl - hotel
4 Apr drive south towards Bisbee - stopover somewhere
5 Apr arrive Bisbee, AZ
7 Apr leave Bisbee heading west towards San Diego. Need a stopover destination
8 Apr arrive San Diego. Will work on a place to stay.
12 Apr drive north towards Universal City Walk - hotel
12, 13, 14 Apr Universal Studios area
15, 16 - undecided
17, 18, 19 Disneyland Anaheim
20 or 21 Apr - LAX to fly home
The only dates that cant be changed are being in Bisbee 5/6 April and being at Universal City Walk on Sat 13th April. The parts I'm not sure about are the drive from Phoenix to Bisbee, and the longer one from Bisbee to San Diego. I don't mind doing an overnight drive for the latter but would prefer to have somewhere inbetween to stop for a night.
Part of what we're looking for is the drive itself but I need to keep our son occupied too so we're also hoping for some pointers about car rental companies that will do us a minivan or something that includes in-car DVD players for the people in the back. A lot of the company websites say some of their vehicles have them but it's not clear which ones when I've been looking so far. I'll send off some emails but if anyone can recommend a place, that would be great.
Thank you so much if you've made it this far!