I am driving to Minneapolis, MN. I have a small detour to Needles, CA to pick up my daughter before I can truly hit the road. Mapquest shows that I should head to Vegas, then head NE on the 15 then E on 70 to Denver then onto 76 to the 80 to DesMoines and N to MN. This route is very appealing to me because it will take me to parts of the country that I haven't seen before. My concern is that my family is telling me that I shouldn't travel this way because of Denver. They are suggesting that I take the route that I've taken before, the 40 to the 54 through Kansas City to 35. My daughter and I are traveling alone and I will be doing all of the driving and would like some advise from other people. This trip will be made this month. Thanks for reading and for your advise!!!