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Please Winter road trip from Melbourne, FL to Portland, OR

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1. Posted by setifera (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

My wife and I, along with our two children, 9 and 11 years old, are finally moving Melbourne, Florida to Portland, Oregon. Unfortunately, the job opportunity that allows us to do so requires that we move the first week in January. We have plan to trip with minivan. I do not have any experiences for winter road trip.

Has anyone made this trip in the winter? Please give me some directions or answers.
Which roads will be good trip for us? Do we need to go first from Melbourne to San Diego and then I can move from San Diego to Portland, Oregon because of winter trip. I’m expecting our trip will be taken 7 days.

Any good inform would be helpful!!
Thank you...

2. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I have not made that particular trip, but I can give you some driving tips as I have driven quite a bit in the US.

First: Log onto a weather website like or both have driving related weather conditions for your route. I would take the southern route and then head north...never know what the driving conditions will be like when the snow flies. Some mountain passes may require snow tires or chains, for example.

Second: Check out AAA, or similar agency. They have all the directions and advice at their fingertips.

Third: It's a long drive. Plan carefully, and you won't have to stay on the rather dull Interstates the whole way. You might be able to take in some scenery and sights...educational for the kids too. Like a mini-vacation.....

Good luck

3. Posted by RiverRuner (Budding Member 38 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

With two kids, plan more than seven days, especially since its winter. I dont recommend planning on driving more than 8-10 hours in one day. Book your overnight stays at hotels with indoor pools. Take the time to relax and be well rested. Your family will be happier, and you will be better prepared to handle any weather issues you might come across, especially as you are driving north from San diego to Portland.