We are planning a road trip with our two dogs for the end of the year. We will take the 101 from southern California to Gold Beach, OR, and then go easterly to Bend via 97. We will rent a 4WD SUV. My husband had some experience driving in the snow when he used to go skiing. Is it worth spending 2 nights at Bend right around Christmas with our dogs? Also, should we avoid the 20 to Boise and take 97 north to 84 instead? What should we prepare for winter road trip in Oregon and nearby areas that snow?
Thanks in advance for your help!