Hello all you roadtrip experts, I am looking for advice on where to stop, stay, and what to see on our road trip coming up in December. Family of five and a small dog....flying from Alaska to Seattle, driving from Seattle on 2 December to Phoenix...staying in Phoenix for some amount of time, continuing on toward Michigan, then on to our final destination, new home in New Jersey.
Where MUST we stop and what must we see? Looking to make a vacation of the trip so stopping and seeing as many things as possible would be great. National monuments? Weird, unique places? Where to eat? Stay? Kids are all ages...14, 9 and 3 so I'm sure they will be entertained by a number of things along the way. Should we drive down the coast to California on the way to Phoenix or another route? It will be December after all, so are there areas along the way we should avoid?
Thank you for any insight and recommendations!