Will be moving in mid- to late- August from Springfield VA (just outside of DC) to Gilbert, AZ. There will be 4 adults, 3 vehicles plus a 22 foot rental moving truck, 3 dogs, 1 cat and an African Grey parrot. Yes, it's insane and we know it's going to be a "challenge". The dogs at least ride well in cars and have been on drives of up to a few hours - have no idea how the bird and cat will do - they are at least not all in the same vehicle! Dogs are on the larger size - ranging from 55 -75 lbs so will need pet friendly hotels that will take larger dogs - and at least 2 animals per room. Hoping that finding pet friendly hotels (in advance) on the route won't be too difficult. Don't need fancy but would like "reasonably" clean (i.e. don't feel like WE need shots to stay in it!)
We know that the route will mostly be 66 to 81 to 40. Then there is an option of going into Flagstaff and coming down 17 or since we're headed to Gilbert on the east side of Phoenix an option would be AZ-377/AZ-277/AZ-260/AZ-87? I'm looking for fastest no scenic for this trip.
And the big question is whether or not to try to average 600 miles a day over 4 days (less days on the road and 1 night less in a hotel) or do it in 5 days with an average of about 460 miles (but more days on the road and an extra hotel night).
For 4 day trip I've seen stopping in Cookeville TN, Fort Smith AR, Santa Rosa NM. Someplace I saw suggested stopping points for a 5 day trip but can't find it now - so would appreciate ideas.
And any other suggestions, hints, etc would be very welcome.