I'm contemplating a road trip starting around Thanksgiving time.
I would either start out in my home area Metropolitan New York, rent a car, drive it to Chicago where I'd visit some relatives for Thanksgiving, and then set out on Route 66. I would like to go as far as Albuquerque, or perhaps even halfway into Arizona before returning home.
I would have a little over two weeks for the whole trip. I have not decided yet whether I would fly one-way into Chicago and rent a car for the trip and the drive back, or simply rent a car and drive it to Chicago, Route 66, and back east again. The trip from New York to Chicago would have to be rushed, and I don't think it would be especially exciting ---but renting a car one-way is much more expensive than returning it to the same place you rent it.
1. What is the best kind of car to use for this trip, (as I imagine I may run into some tricky weather)? I was thinking that a 4 wheel drive vehicle would be best, but they are also more expensive and bigger.
2. I was considering getting a car that was big enough to sleep in occasionally --- but I don't know if that makes any sense in cold weather -- unless there are gizmos out there that allow you to heat the car without draining the battery???
3. Any thoughts as to how bad the weather might be at that time of year on the route? Which parts of the routes would be most problematic at this time of year?
I welcome any thoughts and advice.