I am moving from San Diego to Chicago after the first of the year. The moving truck is going in advance, and my first destination will be to Madison, WI prior to settling in Chicago. I will be making the trip solo (with the exception of my house plants!) in my 2006 Jetta. Although I would have loved to have made a leisurely sight-seeing adventure of this move, my fiance will be making the trek in February, and since we're driving separately, we're seeking the safest route over the most scenic. Realising that the straight shot through Denver is the shortest distance from point A to point B, I am willing to take the southern route, adding a few miles onto the journey if it's safer. Ideally, I would like to drive 2 long days, stopping for a hotel stay at the midway point (recommendations?) If that is unrealistic, I can plan for 2 nights in a hotel. I hope to reserve hotel rooms in advance in order to get the lowest rate, and for the sake of safetly and time savings. This journey will be made on the ultimate budget - good gas mileage in the VW, and PB & J in the cooler!
I would greatly appreciate advice on the best route to follow - preferably the safest, most likely to be free of incident way to get from San Diego to Madison! Any additional advice is greatly appreciated. Many thanks in advance!