We are moving to the Dallas area next week from Seattle. The first trip will be with my husband driving the moving van, towing a pickup, and me driving the minivan with a utility trailer. Both of us are decent at winter driving but pulling our loads might make it awkward.
We did this drive about 5 years ago, going straight thru, alternating drivers, via Boise and SLC and OK. (40 hours with bathroom and food breaks) On that trip (March weather) the roads were OK but my son got nosebleeds from the elevation. I think he's grown out of that but who knows. On that return trip (changed itenerary for nosebleeds) we went straight north to SD then cut over on I-90. Boring scenery but OK, and Rushmore was fogged in. &*(
This trip down, we have 5 days, and would like to possibly see the Grand Canyon. Is 89 OK in winter if we go Sea to Boise to Provo then down? Or should we stick to I-5/I-10 and avoid mountains altogether. Again, it's the trailers and the unknown UHaul tires that worry me. Any other "must-see" places with 5 kids ages 4 to 15?
SECOND trip is just me, returning for a few last days of work and my car, a sedan (again Seattle to Dallas). I am stopping in Vegas for 2 nights that trip (lucky me!) What would the fastest route down be? I can carry chains but do not have snow tires on. I want to go fast on this leg, I only have 2 days, maybe 3 to get to Vegas to meet a friend, then I can be as pokey as I want from LV to DFW. PS I commute 2 hours to work so I know my limits re:sleepy driving. I can do 10 hours easy at night.
Thanks for any opinions!