I am new to Roadtrip America and fairly new to posting in a forum as well. I am trying to get from Boston to Seattle (Whidbey Island actually) probably around the end of November. I was going to fly but am very reluctant to put my dog in the cargo hold. The last time I did a long road trip was in the early 70's and I hitchhiked (fun) and wish I could do that again. So, I am thinking of getting a new (used) vehicle and driving. I am wondering 2 things. 1. What vehicle would be best? I am carrying my 45# dog and whatever stuff I can cram into the car. I am looking for reliability and good fuel economy. 2. What route would be best? If it was Spring/Summer I would go shortest northern route but I am nervous about that in winter. Time doesn't matter except as far as cost of trip, which does matter. Thank you to all. Hey, anyone looking for a ride to West Coast?