My wife and I are moving to Santa Barbara from Champaign (130 miles south of Chicago) and we are looking for advice on which route to take. We are planning to leave within the last week of October.
First of all, our main priority is to arrive there safely and easily in 5 or 6 days (i.e. 4 or 5 nights). We have a 2007 Honda Accord and we won't be hauling any trailers. We very much like to see natural attractions/sights along the route. I had a look at the threads in this forum and saw that I-80/I-15 pass through the rocky mountains and there are beautiful scenery along the road. But since I-80 is up north, we thought the weather (in late October / early November) might not be friendly, it might snow. Actually we don't know how snow will affect the driving experience but we assume it would have a negative effect. An alternative route is through I-40, which is what google maps suggest by default. Is there natural beauties to see along I-40?
We plan to drive during daylight time only, like between 9am-6pm. Mostly I will be driving. My wife is not a very experienced driver, so she might do at most 1/3 of a day's trip. That means 420 miles/day and 280 miles of it is on me. I guess this is a feasible drive.
Any advice/information is much appreciated.