Hi. I'm planning a road trip with my two boys (10 & 9) in the next couple weeks. The point is some quality time with the kids, and to give my husband an opportunity to play the bachelor for a weekend ;) If all goes well (generally speaking), I'm hoping to do this 2 or 3 times a year with the boys (with or without the old man).
I've planned out what I think is a reasonable trip. I love to drive (My longest one-day drive was Detroit to Edison, NJ in one shot), so I'm not worried about the amount of driving. The boys are great in the car, and are accustomed to 3-4 hour rides to the cottage or to visit their grandparents. We've got books and tunes, so I think we're okay in that regard.
Here's our planned itinerary. I've never planned a trip like this before (they've always been point a to point b trips), and I'm hoping it's reasonable. We plan to leave on Thursday after school / work / dinner. I plan on stopping frequently each day, especially on the return trip.
Day 0 (~140 miles): Departure Day
Travel from Windsor, ON to Lima, OH (140 miles)
Day 1 (~250 miles):
Visit Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum (14 miles)
Travel to Lockington, OH and visit Lockington Locks (32 miles)
Travel to Loveland, OH and visit Loveland Castle (80 miles)
Travel to Louisville, KY and arrive at hotel (125 miles)
Day 2 (~105 miles):
Visit Frazier Int'l History Museum (weapons!) (20 miles)
Visit Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory (0 miles)
Visit Muhammed Ali Center (0 miles)
Travel to Cave City, KY and arrive at hotel (85 miles)
Day 3 (~30 miles):
Visit Crystal Onyx Cave (3 miles)
Visit American Cave Museum & Hidden River Cave (6 miles)
Visit Historic Diamond Caverns (13 miles)
Visit Dinosaur World (6 miles)
Travel to Day 2 hotel for 2nd night (0 miles)
Day 4 (~486 miles):
Visit Mammoth Cave Nat'l Park (assume can reserve tour) (10 miles)
Begin return trip, travel to Big Bone Lick State Park, KY (173 miles)
Travel to Dayton, OH and visit Wright Brothers Memorial (85 miles)
Travel to home (218 miles)
I've never been to any of the caves in Kentucky. Would we be better off picking only one other cave to visit, and having more time to get home, and stop to see a couple things on the way? Each of the cave things I selected seemed to have their own unique "feature". I've thought about switching the Mammoth Cave to Day 3, and then having a couple alternate itineraries, depending on how interested we are in more caves...
Also, I don't plan on booking anything ahead, except the Mammoth Cave tour, so I'm not looking to be the drill sergeant double-stepping us from attraction to attraction. I'm not pre-booking any hotels (I'm completely comfortable with this), especially since I'm planning on being in range of our day's destination ~8pm.
I've used AAA information about the attractions to guesstimate how much time we'll stay there (and that it will be open when we get there) to come up with a timeline for the itinerary.
Is there anything I'm missing? Any suggestions on things I shouldn't miss? I know there's a ton of stuff to see in KY (the original trip was to go to Nashville, but I got sidetracked by all the goodies in KY), and I know we can't see it all, but...