We are planning our first road trip in July with our two sons 6yrs and 4 yrs. Tried to minimise the driving times as kids are young and only one driver. Also wanted plenty of time to recover from jet lag and for kids to recover from sitting still on the long flight from the UK. Our itinery is roughly this:
3 Nights Circus Circus (Vegas)
1 Night Zion
1 Night Paige (via Bryce Canyon)
1 Night Cameron (rafting trip on the river before we leave Paige)
5 Nights Scottdale - Hyatt Regency (via Wupatki National Monument and Montezumas Castle)
1 Night Grand Canyon Caverns
2 Nights Desert Rose Resort (Vegas)
We deliberately left out the Grand Canyon as we did the scenic airways 1 day trip in small plane about ten years ago and the costs seem to have gone up considerably and figured the kids would not get much out of it and we had done it before. Also considered the train from Williams but again wasn't overly cheap and the reviews were very mixed. Planning to chill out in Scottsdale by the pool and visit a few family orientated tourist places also I plan to fit in a few sessions of horse-riding.
Little bit worried about desert driving as I am the only driver and my husband can't even change a tyre (nor can I). Not so much the driving as the risk of breaking down. Do we really need road flares, shovel, extra fuel etc. in July if we are sticking to the main highways. Do the hire companies tend to provide emergency driving kits? Also lots of mentions of rattlesnakes and scorpions. Whilst would love to see them and am not worried about myself, bit worried about the kids legging it of the path and getting bitten by something nasty.
Any comments, tips or advice welcome.