Hi all! I am driving from Charlotte, NC to Newport Beach, CA at the end of jun/first of july, and would like to know best route. I am planning on driving 8 hours per day, and am not planning on site seeing this leg out West. I am driving with a dog, and the reason for the trip is to visit family out West, and transport the family dog to my sister. They moved to southern cal, and didn't want to ship their dog via air. I have a one way rental car already reserved, my flight back booked. If I leave Charlotte on the 26th of June, was thinking I would stop and stay the first night in Nashville. After that, if I am on I-40, what cities/towns should I target for lodging? I really want to book pet-friendly hotels in advance to be safe. Any help is appreciated! PS: I have driven semi-across country in the past, once alone, and once with a companion, each of these was from NC to CO, and then back. Thanks!