Hi. I need help planning a westward trip in August with 3 kids 12 and under.
Probable overnight stops: SF-Holbrook-Sedona-Flagstaff (Grand Canyon)-Needles-LA.
I prefer to drive 4 hours or less per day.
1) a) Can I make the drive to Holbrook from Santa Fe in one day?
b) Where shall I stop to break up the day well for my brood?
c) Can I reasonably make such stops and then still fit in the Painted Desert toward the end of the day before ending in Holbrook?
2) Is the Sky Bridge at Grand Canyon super crowded, reserved far in advance, and worth it?
3) I think I shall stop in Oatman for a while on the way to Needles. Anything to stop at between Flagstaff and Oatman?
4) Someone suggested stopping at the Mojave National Park en route to LA. It seems well out of the way. Is that so? Anything else to do on the way from Needles to LA?
5) Any tips re the heat?
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