Road trip from California to Chicago in late December. Are we crazy?
October 23, 2012 11:20 AM Subscribe
Is planning a late-December road trip from California to Chicago madness? Mr. Quince, our sweet pup, Lincoln
, and I would like to take a road trip from Northern California to Chicago and back. We've done it several times taking I-80, but always during non-winter seasons. (more inside)
posted by quince to Travel & Transportation (13 answers total)
We're planning to drive in a compact car, so we'd like to avoid major snow driving. Time frame for leaving California is Dec 20 and returning from Chicago around New Years. Has anyone done this or a similar route in winter? How bad does I-80 get? Would it be better to take the southern route through Arizona, New Mexico, N. Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri? I know that there are mountain passes and snow in those states also, but is it milder? I lived in Chicago for many years, so some snow driving is not a giant problem. I'd like to avoid chains, though.