My best friend from college, who lives in New Jersey, is moving out to San Francisco with me. We're going to road trip her car and stuff out here in mid-January and trying to figure out the best route and how long we'll need. I work at a restaurant and so far have managed to get 4 days off - is this reasonable, or should I be begging my boss for more time?
My friend has a relatively new Honda Civic (2006 or 2007, I think). We were originally planning to take the more northern route (stopping in Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, then arriving in San Francisco on the 4th day), but now are considering going through the southern states (stops in maybe Atlanta, Dallas, Albuquerque, Vegas, then San Francisco) to better avoid harsh winter conditions. Is this actually the better plan? It looks like if we go the southern route we're going to need at least one more day. We're both good at driving for long periods of time and plan to switch off regularly, but we do plan to stop overnight, and it would be great if we could have some time in Vegas to enjoy the sights.
So, my question is, which route is better in terms of avoiding harsh driving conditions? How much time off do I need to request from my boss? Neither of us have much experience with multi-day trips like this, especially not in the dead of winter.