My husband and I are taking our first major road trip together. He has never been past Texas. I was born in Phoenix but haven't been there since I was 2 years old. I was raised in California and Alabama. I have been to Reno but first time for Vegas. We are so excited. We are attending a national conference for our business, celebrating 130 years. I have made a road trip with my parents as a child from California to Alabama several times and my brother and I have great memories of those trips. My dad would always stop and let my mom get souvenirs. She collected state plates which I now own but he never would go to Phoenix or the Grand Canyon. He always said it was out of our way. I now realize as an adult he was right and he was ready to get to where we were going. My parents have both passed.
On the way to Vegas as soon as we hit Texas and I spot a 7-11 I am stopping and I must have a Slurpee. These aren't available anywhere near where we live and my husband has never tried one. And as soon as we get to Arizona I must buy a U-NO candy bar. I grew up loving Slurpees and U-NO bars in California. Needless to say when we moved to Alabama and I discovered these were not available, I was devastated.
We plan to stop on the way to Vegas and rent a room. But we are not sure where to stop and when. On the way back it we will not be on a time schedule.
We have to be in Vegas by the morning of August 2nd and are leaving Vegas August 4th. On our return trip home we plan to see Phoenix this is a must for me, and the Grand Canyon and the Painted Desert.
Any other suggestions of things to do and see? And where and when to stop on the way there. We enjoy seeing nature and water and color and music. Any Indian reservations? And best souvenir shops.
Thank you. Any help is appreciated,