I'm currently planning a move from South Florida to Portland, Oregon. I have all summer to get to the northwest, so I want to drive and see some sights on my way up. I'm planning to pack my SUV with smaller items, but I won't take a trailor or anything (I'll acquire furniture and larger items when I arrive out west). My main concern is that I've never driven in the mountains before, so I think a route avoiding steep grades would be ideal.
Any suggestions as to what routes I should consider would be appreciated! I'd like to enjoy the trip as opposed to speeding through it, but I want to keep a reasonable pace so that I can limit the amount of money I spend on hotels.
Also, what is the maximum distance I should drive in a day to avoid unnecessary wear on my vehicle? I'll be driving a 2001 Pathfinder with 150K miles on it.
I've never taken such a long road trip before, so any advice is helpful. Thanks!