We (me, wife and 7 month old twins) have 'intentions' to go on a road trip from Edmonton (Alberta, Canada) to California and back starting 20th of December and coming back on 30th of December. We recently did a road trip from Edmonton to Vancouver and that was quite fun. Our last long road trip was from Toronto to Edmonton about 2 years back in November when we were not parents - it was a long rip and quite fun. We have driven from Toronto to Houston in 2010 in 27 hours - was an impulsive trip.... Edmonton to Cali is similar distance but I haven't driven on that route. We would like to spend most of the time in Cali and drive as fast as possible.
Any suggestions and/or advices on what routes will be scenic and safer (because of the weather)? We intend to spend time between San Diego and SFC area, where should we head first SFC or San diego or it doesn't really matter? Is crossing mexico border for a day a good idea? what are the scenic drives? What are some of the good places for shopping for kids? What kind of weather should we expect there - mild or cold? let me stop here and wait for some answers :)
p.s - google suggests this route:
1. Enter US from Idaho (US-95 S)
2. Pass through Spokane (using I-90 W)
3. US-395 S to US-97 S to I-5 taking us to SFC