My wife and I are moving to Portland Oregon in April or May of 2013, I will have my dog with me so stops every 3-4 hours will be necessary. I have looked at multiple routes from Florida to Portland but one that intrigues me is Florida-Louisiana-Texas-New Mexico-Utah-Idaho-Oregon. I have already done a lot of research and I am confident in this being the route we are going to take. I just wanted to find out about sightseeing options and attractions I should not miss. I am not to exited about the first 2 days of driving Florida to Slidell LA, and Slidell LA to Wichita Falls TX. But the rest of the trip should be great. 3rd stop will be Santa Fe NM 4th is Moab UT, 5th is Twill Falls ID 6th is Bend 7th and final day will be Portland. I chose the stops both based on distance and the location of La Quinta hotels because the have no breed restrections or extra fees for my dog.
I have plenty of roadtrips under my belt to know my limitations, although I have never driven more than 2-3 hours with my dog in the car, so I will take all the advice I can get. My dog Katie loves car rides, she gets exited at first and wants to see everything but then ends up falling asleep so I think she will be fine. The first 2 days including stops will end up being 13-14 hour days in the car but I figured I could get FL, LA and TX out of the way and then to the exiting part of the trip. I have never been to Santa Fe NM but have read and heard great things about it. Moab UT and the area and parks around I visited about 3 years ago and loved it. Never been to Twin Falls ID, Bend and Portland was part of our honey moon roadtrip so we are both familiar with that part.
* I also dont mind hearing about a different route. Google maps and Mapquest routes taking me through the middle of the country were not to exiting and I have already seen most of GA and TN so I am not looking forward to visiting them again.