We are thinking of a road trip to LA/San Diego area from Edmonton over Christmas holidays to take a break from snow. We have lots of winter driving experience in the city and on flat highways (in good weather), but none in the mountains. (We've done mountains in the summer a few times though.) We have 16 days to make a roundtrip and have a 4x4 with really good winter tires. I know we won't know the weather until closer to departure, but is it doable in winter? Is it safe...especially when traveling with young kids? I want to give ourselves 4 days (3 days plus an extra...just in case) on the road each way.
What's the best route to take, and where should we cross the border?
Where should we do overnight stops if we want to do a bit of sightseeing along the way?
Is the route fairly busy with towns along the way, or will we be driving in the middle of nowhere for miles and miles?
Is the route as twisty as the rockies to Vancouver?
How far down does the snow disappear?
Any help/tips would be greatly appreciated!