By far, the best moving experience we had was when we moved to Texas. It was easy, comfortable, and had pretty scenery for most of the way. Here are some highlights:
Professional Movers: While we did enjoy our DIY move, we opted for professional movers again. This proved to have some hassle on the pick-up and delivery, but it made the actual moving part much easier.
Carpooling: Like our move to California, we got to drive/ride together. Unlike the move to California, we got to do this driving/riding in a new car. While living in California, we bought a nice new Subaru, and it handled the drive through the mountains fanatically! Plus, the AC and heat worked perfectly, and it even had some of the “new-car” smell still.
Less hassle: Prior to this move, we lightened our load quite a bit. We sold a lot of our furniture: couch, couch chair, coffee table, end table, big decorative tree, a bookshelf, a big dresser, a small dresser, a small desk, a mirror, and most importantly a car. This meant less stuff for the movers to move (less for us to pay for), and that we didn’t need to figure out how to transport a car.
The Scenery: Leaving California, we were pretty much in the mountains the whole time, and it was breathtaking.
And we also decided to break our trip up into mini-trips. We stopped in Vegas for a day to sight-see, and made a pit stop at the Grand Canyon even though it was slightly out of the way.