Hello! I am relocating to New York City from Austin and will be leaving the first week of January. I'm traveling with my dog - just the two of us. I definitely want to stop in New Orleans along the way for a day/night, and figure I should avoid going through the Appalacian Mountains during winter in case of nasty weather. I really don't want to drive in icy conditions or snow if I can help it. I realize this can certainly happen any where along the way, I guess I just want to minimize that as much as possible. I'm trying to figure out if I should go to Atlanta from New Orleans and then get on I95 for the rest of the drive? Is it worth it to divert to Route 1 for part of the trip to see some good old Americana or would that be ill advised this time of year? My goal is to reach NYC in 4 days or 5 at the most (unless I get stuck somewhere due to bad weather). Not trying to see a lot of sights, but would like to explore the cities where I stay in the afternoon/evening after drive time and have dinner before resting for the next day of driving. Any suggestions on the best route given the potential for wintry weather conditions would be great.