I'm new to this site and forum, but not new to good old-fashioned road trips. I'd appreciate your thoughts and wisdom on my next trip:
The first week of April, my son and I will be driving from Southern Arizona to Monterey, California. I'm debating whether to take I-10 to California, through L.A. then up, or if I should take 1-17 to Flagstaff, then take I-40 over. Technically the I-10 route is shorter, but I'm thinking the L.A. traffic would eat any time saved, as well as add additional time. Another plus to the I-40 trip is that it would allow us to be near Route 66 for a short time. My son has become a Route 66 nut like my fiancee and I, and is still ticked that he didn't get to go on our Route 66 jaunt (Missouri to Flagstaff) last year.
Anyhoo, this is the first time I've driven to Monterey, but each time my fiancee has driven from there to here he's taken I-10, and he's gotten stuck in traffic for hours. I'm thinking the I-40 route would be more peaceful.
One more detail, if it matters. This will probably be a "power driving" trip, leaving early and going for distance as quickly as possible.
Has anyone driven both I-10 and I-40 in California, and what are your thoughts and preferences?
Thanks in advance!!