I am new to the forum and would like some advice for my upcoming road trip. I am active duty military and am transferring from San Diego to Omaha, NE and need to move my family up there this December. My current plan is to drive one vehicle up myself immediately after Thanksgiving, fly back, and then take the family up the second week in December. The first trip would be a straight shot just to get there (I've planned for three days of driving). The family trip will be slightly more leisurely, but with 4 kids all under the age of 7.
One of my concerns is winter driving. I am originally from Florida and have driven in the snow once and I own a 4WD pick-up and a minivan. Do I need to stay on a more southern route during the first trip (pick-up), or should all the major roads that I would be traveling on be relatively clear of snow and ice?
With the second/family trip, we are trying to plan some fun stops for the kids. Our initial thoughts were a day at the Grand Canyon and maybe the four corner states, but that is just based on me looking at the map and drawing a line from point a to point b. Any advice/guidance for a couple of neat stops in this area of the country so the kids can experience more than the inside of a car? We are planning for about a 7 day trip (maybe more); we just need to make it there when our furniture does.
Thanks for the help,