Leaving January 2nd for a roadtrip from Austin, TX to Los Angeles, CA. Plan is to to be back by January 11th or 12th. We'd like to stop by the Grand Canyon Skywalk on the way there, and then White Sands on the way back.
Questions for those with more experience :
1. Looking at a map, would it make sense then to take I40 out to LA, and then I10 on the way back? I've read one is prettier, and it would be more interesting to see two routes anyway.
2. Coming from Austin, Texas, we're not super familiar with driving in snow and/or ice. Is this something we're likely to encounter on either of these routes during these dates? Perhaps it's safer for us to just take I10 most of the way both directions, and then take highway 93 north from Phoenix to reach the Grand Canyon (and then back down to I10 for the rest of the way?)
3. What do you estimate to be the amount of days this will take? We've got two possible drivers to switch off, plan is to get as far as we can each day, then look for lodging when we're both tired.
Please, any help with planning this route would be VERY much appreciated! Thank you in advance. :)