Hi All! Just found and joined the site today.
My husband and I are planning a Christmas vacation trip from Charlotte, NC to Ventura, CA. We have about 2 weeks, but want to spend a week with family in Ventura and fly back to North Carolina, so we need to do the drive in 8 days seeing a few highlights/cities/towns (Grand Canyon for a few hours, maybe?).
Our most important considerations are avoiding Traffic and Snow (we do not have chains although we'll have an SUV).
Conservatively we have a plan to drive 5-6 hours a day, but if we know there will be bad weather somewhere ahead, we can extend that to 7-8 hours a day. We do not want to drive more than 8 hours in a single day.
I narrowed down cities by looking at a paper map and google maps, but, if someone can help with an actual step by step route with road names, I would be eternally grateful.
You'll see below that we initially planned to stay in Flagstaff because we'd heard great things about the city, but research is showing the city gets greater than 80 inches of snow each year, so maybe we shoud reroute through Phoenix? Any advice re: route & motels would be appreciated. Below is where we are right now, Thank you!! :-):
Day 1: Leave Charlotte for Ashville/Nashville Thursday 12/26 Stop in Ashville for a few hours -- 2 Hours drive
then drive Ashville to Nashville ~ 4.5 hours drive
Day 2: Friday 12/27 Nashville to Little Rock Arkansas ~ 6 hours drive
Day 3: Saturday 12/28 Little Rock to Oklahoma City ~6 hours drive
Day 4: Sunday 12/29 Oklahoma City to Amarillo, TX ~ 5 hours drive
Day 5: Monday 12/30 Amarillo, TX to Albuquerque ~ 5 hours drive
12/30 night & Tuesday 12/31 night sleep in Albuquerque to explore/rest/recharge
Day 6: Wednesday 1/1 Albuquerque to Flagstaff ~ 6 hours drive
1/1 night and Thursday 1/2 night sleep in Flagstaff to explore/rest/recharge
Day 7: Friday 1/3 Flagstaff half way to Ventura ~ 4 hours drive
Day 8: Saturday 1/4 Half way to Ventura, CA ~ 4 hours drive