I hope this is the right forum as we want to visit several states! There are six of us (two adults, 17, 17, 12 and 9). Youngest is boy, other children are girls but not fashion/shop minded. We are hoping to do a home exchange in LA for a couple of weeks and we also want to spend a while travelling:the whole holiday can be a maximum of 4 weeks. We shall never be able to afford to take them again so we want to do as much as we can even if we don't spend as long as ideal on everything. We want to show our children places we enjoyed when we lived in CA before they were born so are pretty certain about places we really want to visit though additional ideas are very welcome.
We want to take them to Bryce (1 +night), Zion (2 +nights), Grand Canyon (north or south rim - have visited both and can see advantages and disadvantages of both ( 1 + night)). These are fairly straightforward but it gets tricky because we'd also like to go back to Mesa Verde.
I'd appreciate suggestions for routes, places to stay (nice but not too expensive for 6 people) and also whether it would be better to fly from UK to a different airport rather than LAX, hire a minivan and then fly back from LAX. Denver, Phoenix, LV??? We are happy to stay in LV overnight but have no desire to be there any longer (to start with, daughter 1 hates crowded towns).
We looked at an rv but it seems to be a terrifying price even when hotels are taken into account. Also, Mesa Verde plus rv does not appeal!
Many thanks in advance