My wife and I will be driving down the west coast from Victoria B.C. to Bakersfield CA and across to Las Vegas and on to Mesa AZ in January. We have a condo there starting mid- January. My questions are how much time should we set aside for the drive and which route should we take?
I've selected Bakersfield only because I felt it would be less congested than further south in California. We've visitedI the Bay area several times and really enjoy it but never in January, so I imagine winter weather might make things quite different - rain and fogs come to mind. Which pass(es) will we need to cross and what weather should we expect there. We've made the trip to Arizona from Calgary so we are familiar with the Monida Pass. What's in store for us on this trip?
I anticipate a 4 day trip. We like a reasonably relaxed drive and will have our dog with us. Any suggestions on places of interest and stopping points?
I look forward to your advice.