My wife and I are wanting to drive from Oklahoma to Seattle this summer. We're figuring about 4 days up there, 6 days visiting and 4 days back-2 weeks total. But we have some concerns.
#1 is driving thru the Rockies. Our son, who lives in WA, has made the trip a couple of times. That first time, he mentioned when he hit the higher elevations around Denver, he could feel the thinner air in his breathing for few minutes. He's young and in good shape so it didn't really bother him. His mother & I however, are neither! Both of us have some breathing issues and are overweight. We don't want to go that route and end up spending half a day in a hotel room trying to catch our breath. Has anyone ever had these concerns? Is it even anything to be concerned about?
#2-For the above reason, we've considered the southern route thru NM, AZ, in to CA, then up I-5 to WA. I don't guess anyone would know how much more time this would add to our trip, would they? A day maybe? Is driving thru the desert in the middle of summer any better then the thin air in the mountains?
#3 is car rental. I've read some posts on this forum about the unusually high taxes & fees that customers are surprised with when they return a rental car. I've checked prices on different apps/websites and am wondering if we're going to be hit with an extra 25%-75% when we get back home? When booking/buying on these apps are there any surprises we should be aware of?
Thanks in advance for any help we might receive