I know the fastest (albeit, most boring) way to travel is I-25N to Cheyenne, WY, then I-80W into San Francisco, but I am traveling with two cats and a dog. Moreover, I'm a 35 year old woman traveling alone. I've heard a few things, and wanted to run the advice I've received by all of you....
1- "Don't take I-80, take 50 (the old Route 66). It's scenic and equally as fast into Tahoe, then head north and catch I-80 from there." <True or not true?>
2- "Stay in Wendover, NV as they have hotels that are pet friendly, and it's half way on your trip." <I've stayed in Wendover, and wasn't sure how safe it was. Would Salt Lake City be better, or Reno? Safer and pet friendly? Please recommend actual hotels if you know of them!>
3- "Drug your pets with benadryl to make the trip easier on them." <I give my dog benadryl now due to allergies, but hadn't thought to use it as an anti-anxiety or sleeping pill. Anyone had success with this- cats specifically?>
Thank you all for your help!
Oh, by the way! I'm headed West the last week of April of '10 and returning in the middle of June.