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My boyfriend and I are moving from Wichita, KS to Seattle, WA in a few weeks at the end of February and driving there (with pets). I am not concerned about the drive from Wichita to at least Fort Collins, but I am wondering how prepared or worried I should be about road conditions once I get into the West. The route I've been hearing from Fort Collins is go up to Wyoming and all the way across on I80 then into Utah near SLC on I84, through Idaho Twin Falls and Boise, through part of Oregon to i82, then I90 through Yakima until I get to Seattle. I know this is the Idaho forum but as I will be driving through a large portion of Idaho I thought some of you might know best routes to avoid bad conditions.

I will mention I have never driven through mountains, nor any part of the West before. Living in WI most of my life and now coming from KS, it's definitely a different terrain from out West, haha.

Also, are there any scenic routes that would be best to take, if possible? Another route that has more scenic views I've been hearing about is keep going on I84 all the way across Oregon to I5 through Portland and get to Seattle that way. On google maps it says it adds an extra hour or two, but also many have said it's a safer drive in the winter.

Any information or suggestions at all would be helpful and appreciated. Thanks.


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