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    Hi everyone! I am new here and was hoping someone could help me out with a last minute road trip that I will be making in late May with my husband.
    We have been married for three years and live in upstate New York (near Cooperstown). A promise I made to meet his family in Colorado Springs when we got together, now has to be met because of his brothers graduation. We were both able to get the time off from work and can save enough money to squeez by with.
    The graduation is on May 24, a Thursday. We would be leaving New York on Thursday, the 17th and making a run for Naperville, IL (near Chicago) where we will be staying for the night with family. It will be a long day of hard driving in the car, but I know the trip can be made in a day because my dad just did it twice in the last two weeks. We will probobly take 90 to Cleveland and then 80 to Chicago, just to make the best time for that day. Hey, I've seen the NE and want to spend my slower days in the parts of the county I have never seen. After departing Chicago, I was hoping to take Route 66 to Springfield, MI, where my husband has said he must go to see the Bass Pro Shop store. Can we make it to there in a day? Between Chicago and Colorado Springs, we have enough time for two nights on the road. Any suggestions on where we should go and where we should stay? I would like to see some of the sites and take some time to look around a little. I like two lane roads the best!

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    Default Welcome!

    Welcome to the RoadTrip America Forum!

    I-80 and I-90 share an alignment through most of Ohio - so you will actually be taking I-90 into Chicago (I-80 splits off around Gary, IN). That is a long day of driving, about 770 miles.

    After departing Chicago, I was hoping to take Route 66 to Springfield, MI
    I imagine you mean Springfield, MO here (Missouri, not Michigan)?
    If that is the case, if you are taking old US-66, I wouldn't recommend trying that in a day. By Interstate, without stops and maintaining the speed limit, it is roughly 9 hour drive. On the old US route, it would be significantly longer.
    Between Chicago and Colorado Springs, we have enough time for two nights on the road.
    Your route, Chicago to Colorado Springs, going into Missouri, adds about 200 miles to the trip (roughly 1270 miles versus 1070 miles on the direct route from Chicago). What about on the trip back from Colorado for some meandering?
    Last edited by Mark Sedenquist; 04-12-2007 at 04:40 PM. Reason: Fixed quote format

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