I am a New Orleanian trying to plan a road trip with my boyfriend and two insane dogs this winter. We are interested in moving to the Portland area for graduate school and want to do some road trippin to check out the goods. I would like to travel up through Eugene and Corvallis as well, as there are some great universities in these towns. I have been doing my research, but we've never driven in the snow (much less a possible snow storm while driving through the Rockies), and we're going to be driving a Nissan Versa there. Maybe not too smart to drive from New Orleans to Denver, then on to Portland?
So the other option is for us to drive through Texas, stay in Tucson or Phoenix, then drive up Cali into Eugene, then Corvallis, then Portland for a few days. This tacks on a few more hours to the trip, but I think it may be more wise to do this than drive in a tiny car in the Rockies.
If anyone can offer any advice on this, it would be greatly appreciated, as we are road trip neophytes. Thank you in advance!