We live in San Francisco. My husband has accepted (and started) a new job in Chicago. My five year old son and I will be driving out to join him in mid-November. While I will probably have a girlfriend join in the drive at least part of the way, I will probably be doing at least half on my own. I am looking for good routes that will be fun and fairly safe, especially considering that as a Californian I have NO experience driving in snow. I'll be driving an older but very well maintained sedan that doesn't give us any problems.
Here are some more considerations. We aren't in a hurry. While I'd probably like to get there in no more than 10 days, I can drive as little 4 or 5 hours a day.
I love a road trip - but my son is a bit inexperienced. I know many possibilities in the west, but post colorado / new mexico, I'm pretty clueless about what might be worth seeing. Right now I have it in my mind to drive down to LA and then head for Flagstaff (Grand Canyon) and then Santa Fe (Cliff Dwellings?) but after that its a blur.
Thanks in advance.