My daughter is a grad student at Caltech and her dream vacation of all time is to visit Carlsbad Caverns. We live in Southern California and I've looked at multiple options . . .flying into El Paso & renting a car, driving straight through the southwest, visiting family along the way, ad infinitum.
As a child my dad took me on many adventures along route 66 on our annual family road trip to Oberlin, Kansas. Alas, it's not so easy to get to there anymore.
Specifically I'd like opinions on a road trip vs flying & renting a car. This trip is entirely for her, so I'm willing to contribute the time it takes for the dream of a lifetime.
Oh, and I do have family in Kingman, AZ & various parts of Texas for stop overs.