Hello all! My boyfriend and I are in the process of planning our first road trip! We're driving from Nola to Portland and back from Dec 11th-20th this year. So far, I've decided that we'll drive up to Shreveport, through to Dallas, then to Amarillo and stay in Albuquerque for a day. After that, I'm kind of fuzzy, but I'm thinking we'll continue W on I40, then N on US-491 towards Cortez, CO, driving N, through Salt Lake City, then I84W through Boise, following that all the way to Portland. Ta daaaaaaa! How is that? Nuts? Doable? I'm not familar with these roads AT ALL, so I'm wondering if there are any steep passes/other scary stuff that may make us re-think our route. We're driving a small car.. a Nissan Versa with our 2 dogs (help us..) so we're trying to avoid the most popularly advised (and more dangerous mountain route), which is from Shreveport to Dallas, through OK and KS, then over to CO and WY, thru ID and to Portland. I do realize that we'll be driving through the Rockies regardless and that we should plan to only drive during the day to avoid the worst danger in snowstorms (although we may get stuck during the day as well).. Just trying to get more advice from experienced roadies! What do you think? Thank you, and good day!