Dear all (especially the experienced travelers),
My family - husband, myself, 12-year-old daughter and 5-year-old adorable Softcoated Wheaten Terrier dog - are moving from southern Maryland to San Francisco bay area come January. We don't want to jeopardize our dog's well-being by putting him in cargo area of an airplane so have decided to ditch all furniture/big items, send clothes/books by Amtrak, and drive across country in our 2010 Toyota RAV-4.
We are planning to start traveling from Washington DC area on Jan 4th and need to arrive in SF on Jan 14th or 15th. I have just after looking at some posts here realized that driving too much south might not be really the best option. We would like to stick to the warm climate nevertheless as even though we do get snow here in MD, we don't have snow tires, neither are experienced driving in snow. So please look at my chosen route and let me know if it sound OK to drive on with our full car and child/dog without endangering all of us:
Route 81 down to Chattanooga (will stop there to do some indoor climbing)
Route 40 to Oklahoma City, Albuquerque NM and Phoenix AZ
Route 8 to San Diego and then drive up along to coastal line (we want to visit San Diego, that's all)
We initially thought to stop at Grand Canyon but decided it's not wise to do it in Winter. Now we are planning to stop in San Diego for couple days and then enjoy the coastal line.
Pardon my ignorance and let me know if some other way would make our trip much easier. I'm also attaching the snapshot of this route below.
THANKS SO MUCH IN ADVANCE!!!!!