We're planning our first road trip (about 10 days) in December o6 from Houston, TX to Las Vegas, then hitting Hoover dam & the Grand Canyon on the way back. We're (2 adults, 3 kids) planning to try to make it to Alburquerque the first night from Houston (3 of us driving), then on to LV the next day. On the way back, we will take our time, and stay overnight one night (probably at the Maswik Lodge on the S. Rim) at the GC and then on back to Texas. It's my first road trip in 45 years (can you believe that!) so I"m full of questions. I'm doing a lot of research and planning but thought some of you on this forum might be able to offer some helpful advice or ideas on how to make our trip better. A few questions:
1. Do you think we'll run into any dangerous driving conditions (ie snow, ice). It will be late December, just before Christmas. From Houston were going north to Fort Worth, then up to Amarillo and across NM and AZ on I-40.
2. Coming back, after the Grand Canyon, we're not sure where to stay next or what else there is to see along the way. We thought about heading south into NM after we pass Albuquerque, to see Roswell and maybe Carlsbad. But that may be too much to try and do in one trip. Plus I don't know how desolate that drive would be through NM or if the caverns are even open or too cold that time of year.
3. If anyone knows of any scenic places in AZ or NM to visit along or close to I-40 (from the GC to Amarillo), please let me know so I can check them out.
4. Is there anything anyone can tell me about the route we are taking, such as certain stretches of highway that are really dangerous (mountaineous, snow) or desolate, no gas stations, dont drive in this area at night, etc. I hate to be so naive, but it's the first time cross country.
5. Or if you know of any website that will give us this type of information, that would be great!
Thanks so much!