I'm in the midst of planning a fairly ambitious road trip, we (myself, my wife, and our 2 kids aged 2.5 yrs and 11 months) are going to Los Angeles from Winnipeg, Canada (just North of North Dakota) in early January.
Years ago, I did the drive on my own, and traveled through North Dakota, to Billings, MT, through Salt Lake City, through Vegas to LA. I really enjoyed it, but that was before kids, so planning was at a minimum, and I had no problem spending 10-12 hours on the road...etc.
Now things are drastically different, and I am looking for 6-8 hour days on the road, and the easiest route possible. Highway conditions, places to stay, and all of the important things when travelling with small kids are my biggest concern.
Plan A - through Salt Lake City
Travel via i29/i94/i90/i80/i15...this takes my through ND/SD/WY/UT/NV/CA, and at first glance I would plan on getting hotels in Bismark, ND, Casper, WY, Salt Lake City, and Las Vegas then LA..
Plan B - through Denver
Travel via i29/i80/i76/i70/i15, and at first glanec with this plan I would plan on getting hotels in Sioux Falls, SD, sometown east of Denver, sometown west of Denver, Las Vegas then LA.
Any thoughts on which of these paths make more sense? Either way I am passing the Rocky Mountains, which is generally a safer path in the Winter?
Anyways, please let me know if you have any suggestions, or see flaws in my approach!