First time poster here looking for some trip planning advice. I am moving from Tucson, AZ to Maple Shade, NJ for a job opportunity. This is our first cross country road trip. I have it all planned out well enough so far but I am having a bit of a hard time on what best route to take out of Arizona.
Typically you would take I-10 Eastbound through Las Cruces, then North on I-25 but I would like to take a more scenic route while leaving Arizona (we don't know when we'll be back here, if ever, so it's important to us to savor the state's scenery before we move back East). I am considering taking AZ route 77 Northbound through Globe, then take US-60/77 North to I-40 East where we will spend the first night in Albuquerque. I heard it is a beautiful route to take.
Is it worth staying on US-60 through the NM desert (Quemado, Pie Town), then take I-25 North or am I better off hopping on I-40 in Snowflake, AZ like I originally planned? The way I figured, taking 77 North is enough of a scenic bypass as it is and adding US-60 would just add too much time to that leg of the trip (already pushing 6 days total)
Any tips for this portion of the trip would be extremely helpful. Thanks in advance for your replies!