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Help with route for Family Page to San Diego

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Hi!

We are are a family of 5 (3 kids) from Germany and would like to spend 19 days in July in California/Utah/Arizona and we need some more help. We are interessted in nature (but not walk to much with our little boy - about 2h/day is enough), also in water - lake, river, fishing, sea (fish, whales ...) and also in cities. So we planned our route like this:

1- Flight to LA from Germany - get a car - Hotel near Airport

2- Drive to Sequoia - Night at Sequoia

3- Drive to Bakersfield or somewhere else on the way to Las Vegas

4- Drive to Las Vegas - Night in Las Vegas (Vadara Hotel oder Hilton Suites)

5- Las Vegas - Night in Las Vegas

6- Drive to Zion - Night Zion - Flanigan`s Inn

7- Zion

8- Drive to Page - Night Page - Hotel? (nice one near the lake)

9- Night Page

10- Night Page

11- Drive to Flagstaff - Night Flagstaff or Sedona

12- Drive Flagstaff - Lake Havasue - Hotel??

13- Drive Lake Havasue - Joshua Tree/Palm Springs - Night Palm Springs

14- Joshua Tree/Palm Springs - San Diego (Holiday home oder Hilton Downtown)

15- San Diego

16- San Diego

17- San Diego - LA - Hollywood, LA Kings Store - Hotel??

18- LA - Universal Studios

19- LA - Flight home


Now my questions.

- We are going on the second day to Sequoia - where should we stay for the first night - near Airport or should we drive already on the first day a littele bit out of LA?
- Where should we stop between Sequoia - Las Vegas? In Bakersfiled? I think is have way. But it seems to be an ugly city. Any other suggestions - Motel with nice pool or area around?
- Any suggestions for a nice hotel/motel in Page or around - as I told a pool and Lake/River... would be great for the kids.
- Where should we stop after Page in Sedona or Flagstaff?
- Where should we stop between Page and Joshua Tree (2 nights are ok). It would be great if there is a nice motel/hotel with a great pool or area (river, forest) near by, so the kids can have some fun after a long driving day. I don`t think a want to go via Oatman - I think the drive for the kids is to long. I was thinking about Lake Havasue - but i didn´t found a nice motel/hotel, so maybe somewhere else? Because of the kids a have to do a compromise between a senic drive and to got fast.
- In LA we just want to visit the Universal Studios and Walk of Fame and my son wants to got to the LA King store - should we book a hotel near the sea for a nice evening or near the studios?

Thanks a lot for helping us - it is our first time in the United States and we have so many questions, but with 3 kids this is not so easy and we want to have a nice holiday. I hope everything is unverstandable becauce ot my not so perfect english.

Evelyn

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