Hello - new to RTA, love all the articles and inspiration on making a road trip an adventure and not just a 'trip' to be endured.
We're relocating from Austin TX to Seattle WA and I will be driving with about 4 days of planned time. I am going to be on the road with my 3 year old and a cat, so we are not doing a 'speed' trip nor will our days be more than 8 hours of driving, hence my initial planning of 4 days and 3 nights. We can add another day if need be, but I imagine by the fourth day we're going to definitely be tired of the road trip.
Another important factor in my planning is weather. An initial trip planner route will take me straight northwest through NM, Utah and Idaho, which concerns me for mountainous areas and snow, which I would like to avoid considering the time of year and my three year old needing to stop more often.
Planning a trip through the southwest is more attractive, and though it adds 300-400 more miles (and time) to our trip, I think this may be the better route for us so we can stop and get outdoors and see interesting things for my very curious and active little boy.
Here are my questions:
- Would the straight route through Utah and Idaho be really a bad idea?
- Which route do you recommend if we choose a more southerly direction?
- Should we avoid going all the way over to California and up the west coast that way? (traffic etc. as I've been through LA a few times)
- Albuquerque to Las Vegas and then what? (If we went that way)
- Cool ideas and places to visit if we go through New Mexico and Arizona (kid friendly 1 hour stop offs)?
I would love advice and suggestions from anyone who has traveled through these states in the winter. I realize there's no way to predict the weather at the end of February, which is why I'm considering the longer route to avoid the potential of winter storms altogether if possible. Thanks for feedback!