Hello all. My brother and I are planning on driving from central IL to southern california in the early part of May. I'm graduating from school and he's helping me drive back home. We were debating on what kind of route we should take. there seems to be two major ways: the southern route through ok, texas, new mexico, arizona and the middle america route through places like colorado, utah, and nevada.
Our primary objectives are to get there pretty quickly (3 or 4 days), avoid bad weather or difficult terrain, and to be able to make overnight stops in fairly large cities where we could stay in comfortable, clean hotels/motels, eat good food and maybe have a few drinks. We were leaning towards going the middle america way since we could stop in denver and las vegas (denver we've never been to and las vegas is a favorite of ours), however we were concerned about having to drive up thru the rockies (is this a legitimate concern? we will be driving a 2003 caravan in pretty good shape).
Any recommended routes? places to make stops? interstates to take?
Thanks in advance.