My fiance, my dog and I are moving from Brooklyn NY to Las Vegas NV mid-October! We have our trip planned out nicely and a large suv rented for 7 days. This will be our first car trip together, all of us. Our dog is my profile picture, Mr. Lexington, who is a 22 month old 60lb black lab/pit mix. He's been great the few times we've had him in a car, but those have been 30 minute trips into Manhattan to see a vet, not a cross country road trip. I've purchased a seat belt harness, but I'll bet he'll prefer laying in his crate to being harnessed to a seat.
My reason for posting is I'm hoping to get route insights beyond google maps and some rest stop suggestions for unique delicious local food and dog friendly stops to keep ourselves sane on the road.
Here is the route we've planned:
Brooklyn NY to Durham NC
Durham NC to Jackson TN
Jackson TN to Oklahoma City OK
Ok City OK to Albuquerque NM
Albuquerque NM to Grand Canyon South Rim
Grand Canyon to Las Vegas
My fiance and I are planning on splitting the driving right down the middle, with each destination 9-10.5 hours away not including stops we should be fine, Durham to Jackson is our longest leg of the journey. We're not too touristy so our current places of interest would include the meteor crater in Winslow AZ and the Big Dam Bridge in Little Rock AR. But our priorities are to stay on schedule and get to Las Vegas.