Hello. I am new to the site and finding a ton of great information. Thank you!
My wife and I are planning to drive the 1300+ mile from Minneapolis to Northern Vermont. We will be leaving Minneapolis on December 14 and will be beginning our return on New Years day. We will be traveling with our dog and hope to make the trip as quickly as possible (no sight seeing). Most mapping software recommends going through Canada but we want to stay in the US to avoid the hassle with the dog.
A few questions I have:
1) Should I look at routes that avoid the cities on the way (Chicago, Cleveland, Buffalo) due to traffic or should this not be a major concern?
2) My wife is a night person (typically sleeps 3AM-10AM) and I am on a more conventional schedule. Should we switch off and try to drive straight through or plan to find a hotel (or 2) on the way?
3) Where might I find a good resource for finding pet friendly hotels?
Any tips for roadtripping with pets and route suggestions would be most appreciated. Thank you!