I will be relocating to southern Oregon and am looking for suggestions and tips for this winter trek. I will be making the Boston to Michigan section of the trip mid december and enjoying the holidays with family in sw Michigan. Then starting on dec 28 will head west. Although I've spent many winters in New England and Michigan I've never driven though middle America via I80 or I70 ever, let alone in the winter. I'm trying to make some tentative plans regarding the route (70 or 80) and sites to see along the way (that won't be closed or too dangerous) to check out or things that are amazing to see in the winter. I'm also looking for reasonable expectations about what areas I may see closures, ridiculous new years traffic, or any other things that would be good to know. I'm not looking for weather predictions, it's winter :)
Although I will do the bos>Michigan trip in a day, I'm not looking for that pace for the second part. I have from dec 28-Jan 4 to make the trip from michigan to southern oregon (though a little flexible on either end). I am leaning a little more toward the i70 rt for the larger number of cities along the way, and maybe a day of skiing in colorado - but certainly can be swayed. I'd also like to enter southern Oregon via San Fran, why not right?!. I'll be driving a fwd Toyota matrix with a roof rack box.
Thanks! And yes I've used the search function and have already learned a lot!