Has anyone driven from LAX to the Northern burbs of ATL before during this time of year? I'm wondering which route would be better. I have two options, both are roughly the same mileage wise.

Route 1 - I-40 via Flagstaff/ABQ/Little Rock and through Nashville
Route 2 - I-10 via Phoenix/Tucson/Dallas and I-20 through Birmingham

Route 1 is shorter than Route 2 by a mere 5 miles and doesn't go through any HUGE cities such as Dallas does in Route 2. On the map, Route 1 is also a much straighter shot. However, I've never driven either.

Anyone done either/both and/or have a preference? No firm date on my departure yet but probably by the end of Jan.


- JT