This is my first long road trip with the kids. They are pretty good travelers, all in all. We are planning a last minute road trip to Fresno from Mobile. We've flown in the past, but thought driving this time would give us and the kids a good chance to take in the West. The only stop that is planned right now is at my aunt's in Kerrville, TX. We figured we'd take in Carslbad, and try to do the Canyon, but really, we're wide open. We're planning on leaving the morning of the 3rd, but that puts us traveling on July 4th weekend, something I wasn't thinking about. I'd like to make it there in 3 days, but I'm beginning to think that's not realistic. My husband and I will be sharing the driving.
So, my questions are:
What is a must see?
Just how crowded will the Grand Canyon be? Too crowded to be enjoyable?
What's the best route in terms of scenic AND quick? I don't mind adding extra hours if they're enjoyable.
Thanks for your input.