Looking to take a family road trip next July (2007) through Arizona, New Mexico, Southern Colorado, and Utah. We will be starting at my parents place in Chandler, AZ and ending in Ventura County, CA. Don't want to drive more than 4/5 hours on any given day. Hoping to take 10 days.
Any suggestions on routes, places to stay, things to do would be appreciated. Especially those wonderful places usually left out of guide books or understated. Also, anything that probably isn’t worth stopping at.
Our travel preferences:
Hotels - clean, suites if possible (kids will be 9, 6 and 1½ next summer). Pools always a big plus - nothing fancy - just something for them to play in after dinner. Preferably in the $100 - $150 range (although will splurge if worth it)
Food - any and everything except fast food. Our kids could also do without kids menus. Local joints great, preferably no chains.
Activities - hiking, exploring, museums, theater, shopping, biking, horseback riding, anything water oriented, anything "local" that is different than what we have in SoCal.
Thank you in advance for your input!!!