Hello all, long-time lurker (going on 3 years now!) looking for some advice. Moving from Long Island, NY to Phoenix, AZ in 4 weeks. Wife and three kids with me, driving our car. Moving company is handling the moving truck, so driving should be smooth. With the kids though, we'll have to stop for lunch (literally stop for 30-45 minutes and get out of the car for our sanity!) each day. We'll also probably have to stop for 15-20 minutes each afternoon to stretch the legs. Wife and I can alternate driving every 3-4 hours if needs be.
Getting there quickly is not an issue, but I also don't want to drag it out with the kids. We won't be doing any site-seeing stops.
Here is my tentative route, I'd appreciate your comments and suggestions:
Day 1: Long Island to Roanoke, VA (522 miles) via 495/78/81, which will avoid Philly, DC/Baltimore and I-95
Day 2: Roanoke, VA to Memphis, TN (653 miles) via I-40
Day 3: Memphis, TN to Oklahoma City, OK (465 miles) via I-40
Day 4: OK City to Albuquerque, NM (548 miles) via I-40
Day 5: to Phoenix (499 miles) via I-40 to I-17
I'm trying to stick to larger cities for overnight stops as we'll be staying in hotels with the kids, and I'd like to get the best rates possible (may be using priceline.com). We've done Phoenix to Salt Lake City in a day before, which is roughly 700 miles, so I'm not too worried about day 2, although I realize this is a multi-day trip.
I would like to drive 50-100 miles more on day 3, but don't know if there are any semi-large cities to stop in after OK city. Amarillo is too far for that day.