My husband and I will be moving to North Carolina from Oregon in a few days. Someone told us we should drive South and take California down, then cut over on the southern route, but in doing some research, I read this was a rookie's mistake because you pass over even more mountains. We are planning on going the northern route and doing what google maps tells us to do: I-84 E to I-80 E. We are concerned about driving through Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming since we have never been there before and we will be traveling in a Jetta packed with things. I went to the Library and checked out books on each state so I could make a list of all the roadside attractions, hotels and eateries to make our trip fun. We have made this trip before from NC to Las Vegas traveling the southern roads, but never to the north. We purchased chains and will be checking road cams and weather reports, but we are still a little worried. Does anyone have any suggestions, warnings, advice, or encouragement? Also, what do you think about traveling on Christmas eve and day? We would really appreciate it!