I'm doing a 3 week road trip Denver to LA in July/August with my 2 teenage sons (18 and 14 y.o.). The route being: Denver-Grand Junction-Moab-Arches-Monument Valley-Page-Grand Canyon (south side)-Seligman-Hoover Dam-LV-Death Valley-Mono Lake-Yosemite-SF-Highway 1/coast- via Cambria/Solvang/Santa Barbara to LA.
The first part of my trip looks like this (at the moment):
DAY 1 Landing at DEN (Denver) 19:46. Sleep over at airport htl
DAY 2 Early pickup rental car. Drive via Grand Junction to Moab.
DAY 3 Arches.
DAY 4 Drive towards Canyonlands & Monument Valley.
DAY 5 Monument Valley to Page AZ [Antelope Canyon].
DAY 6 Drive to Grand Canyon village.
DAY 7 Grand Canyon via Seligman & Hoover Dam to Las Vegas.
As a foreigner and first time visitor to the area (first time to western USA in fact) I'm asking for help and suggestions for itinerary/activities and lodging for DAY 2, DAY 3 and DAY 4.
At the end of DAY 2 I hope to reach Moab and would need some place to stay. Suggestions?
DAY 3 should be spent in the area (Arches). Suggestions on things to do/see?
After Arches I need a place to sleep between DAY3/DAY4. Suggestions? Should I start driving in the afternoon in the direction of Monument Valley via Canyonlands?
DAY4 I should go to Monument Valley and have a place to sleep there I guess. Suggestions?