We are planning a road trip in May from San Diego to Grand Canyon with kids. Our plan is to leave from San Diego in the evening and stay overnight in Phoenix (from Google maps it seems we will reach Phoenix around midnight if we leave from San Diego around 7 pm). Next day we drive from Phoenix to Sedona and then onwards to Grand Canyon. We have managed to get a room in a lodge within the national park.
My concern is, whether this will be a practial and comfortable drive? Is it safe to drive with kids at night from San Diego to Phoenix, given the proximity to the border and the desert environment? Also, would a couple of hours in Sedona be enough to cover the highlights? We would like to be at Grand Canyon by early afternoon.
Any suggestions will be much appreciated. Thanks!