I'm planning a road trip to Austin from San Jose in early January since I'm moving there for school. I have a good deal of time to do this, but probably don't want to spend more than about 5 or 6 days. We'd like to go to the Grand Canyon, and were planning to stop in LA first (though this isn't mandatory, we can pretty much stop anywhere). I'd like to incorporate lots of "local flavor" and random fun stuff along the way, but we don't have any solid plans. I'd love to hear about any points of interest you may know.
What's the best way to incorporate the Grand Canyon into this trip? Google maps seems to want me to go from the North, but it seems really out of the way. Does stopping in LA mean adding lots of extra time? Is going along the Northern route (on I-40) inadvisable at this time of year because of rain/snow? I have a 2004 Hyundai Sonata, and it's not the easiest car to drive in the rain.. I've never even tried in snow!
Thanks so much for any and all help!