we are setting off on a family road-trip on July 1st for 3 weeks.
Starting in BC, going to Prescott AZ and back, planning on a bit of a loop.
We will take Hwy 3 east across BC and cross at Creston into Idaho, turning East at Bonners Ferry, and following the backroads that parallel I90 down to Butte MT. We will do the 4th of July in Butte with some friends from Bali.
After that we plan to head south to Salt Lake City, then East to Moab, West again to the Grand Canyon, and finally south to Prescott. Hope to be in Prescott around the 7th or 8th. (The ExPo Open House is there on the 9th).
Heading back up we will go via Vegas, Central Oregon, Yakima, etc.
We will be driving the Defender with a little fold-out trailer. Top speed of the Defender on any road is about 45mph, so taking the Interstates doesn't make much sense for us. And we will have three little kids and a big dog.
So I am hoping for a few suggestions:
Firstly, what secondary roads would you personally recommend along the routes we have planned?
Second, do you have any favorite camping spots to recommend along these routes? Our trailer is basically a fold-open tent with some storage underneath. No electricity hook ups or water hookups or sewer hookups, etc. We prefer "primitive" camping. Basically a quiet spot off the road somewhere, where there are not many people. A BLM campsite or something like that is fine, but no RV parks. Ideally something that we don't need to drive for an hour down a fire-road to find. The trailer is not an extreme 4x4 trailer, but it will handle a decommissioned forest road and cross-ditches OK.
Third, any recommendations for must-see spots along that route for 3 boys aged 8-11? They are typical boys, who are happy with sticks to play with and a fire to sit around, but something like an Anasazi village, dinosaur bones, ghost-town, or cave tour would be pretty cool to see too.
Fourth, any recommendations on the "best cheeseburger on Route 12" or "the thickest milkshakes in Moab" etc would also be pretty cool. I find little milestones like that to look for really help break up a day for the kids.
Thanks everybody, looking forward to some cool (and fun) suggestions.