We are moving from TX to CA and so my wife and I thought we could make a road trip from Dallas, TX to San Jose, CA during the last week of december. I am not sure if this is a good idea though.
I estimate that this trip may take us about 3-4 days. We intend to start from dallas early morning so that we can reach Santa Fe, NM in the evening, go around the downtown and spend the night there. I had been to Santa Fe some years back and was impressed with the lighting during christmas and the downtown architecture. We plan to continue the next morning, take the I-40 towards NV, see the Pertified Forest area (recommended by a friend) and maybe spend the second night in Kingman. Take the I-40 and I-5 towards San Jose on the third day.
We have taken road trips in the past but nothing that spans more than a day. My questions are:
1) Is this a realistic timeframe to complete the trip?
2) What road conditions can I expect during this time of the year?
3) Is Kingman a good city to stop over overnight? Any other towns you recommend?
4) How is Petrified this time of the year?
Would appreciate any help.