Hey everyone, (happy holidays)
My first time posting on this forum, also one of the first roadtrips I plan to do! I'm a college student in Portland, OR, but I'm home for the holidays in Tucson. I'm planning to drive my car from Tucson to Seattle (where my Dad lives) and stop in San Francisco along the way to drop off some fellow roadtrippers. Once in Seattle, I will eventually drive back down to Portland (not a drive I'm concerned about, made it many times) to have my car on campus.
The drive from Tucson to Seattle is, according to Mapquest, around 1600miles that would take 24 hours to complete. I'd like to make as a quick a journey as possible, not looking to take a leisurely pace per se. My friends and I will be taking turns making the drive.
My parents and I, however, are concerned about encountering wintry conditions along the way. I have a 95 Toyota Avalon, sedan, not anything that's really suited for intense winter driving. Has anyone else made the journey from AZ to WA? Are there any mountainous areas that need to be driven through, and if so, how challenging can I expect them to be? I'm trying to take the most direct, but also most safe route. I'm not concerned with scenery or whatever else, just a safe, quick drive.
I would be making the trip around the 10th or 11th of January, leaving early in the morning with the plan to make it to SF by late evening, should conditions allow. Any general tips on this trip and insight would be deeply appreciated.