My husband and I love antiques. We live in California. We want to fly to the East coast (not sure what East coast city we should fly to begin our trip) then rent a car and drive back to California. We would be leaving on December 21, 2010 and coming back around January 1-2, 2010--we have about 9-11 days. We want to stop to the main great antique cities in the east and central USA (just starting to find out which cities are great for antiquing) and are concerned about the weather (renting a car we will need chains right?). Has anyone done a trip like this or has some suggestions on a route and itineraries for great antiquing areas we should not miss. We will be using our internet to book hotels depending upon where we end up each day. I really don't know where to begin given the amount of time we have. HELP!! (gulp). thanks!