I found this forum while trying to figure out an itinerary for a big roadtrip this summer. Here are the details: We are going to my sister's wedding in Chicago and she wants us to get there Thursday, Aug 6 at the latest, and stay up to 4 days to see the sights. We are open to when we will leave Portland, and would like to keep the first leg of the trip around a week. We are taking I-80 there and will stop and see friends in Boise and in SLC. I am also thinking of detouring through Colorado instead of going through Wyoming.
Coming back, we will be traveling I-90. I have family in Southern Minnesota, and then we don't know anyone who lives between there and Washington.
I have two girls, 3.5 years and 10 months. The older one I'm not too worried about. She is very good natured, especially in the face of new things. I have a number of car activities that relate to the trip in mind for her. The younger one changes everyday, but has grown to like our average car rides, especially when she can giggle with big Sis!
We expect to make many stops, both unexpected and planned. We will be camping mostly, and would like to sample what our great american farms have to offer by visiting either family farms or farmers markets. I've even made a note of the community centers that are in towns along the way in case it's so hot we just want to go for a swim. (we will have AC, but that can get old too!)
My husband has this idea that one or two days I could take the kids off somewhere while he naps, and then we'll all sleep in the car while he drives at night. He's a night owl, and he loves to drive, but... Is this a bad idea? Also, even though he won't be officially at work, there are a few things he needs to do everyday from his laptop (1-2 hrs, tops). Are there any areas we should be concerned about his ability to work?
My other questions are: How long should we plan the trip to last? What are the must see attractions along the way? Are the historic towns (Lewis and Clark, Oregon Trail...) all they're cracked up to be? How much water should we have in the vehicle at all times? Are we going to run into tornadoes in Nebraska? (just kidding... sort of)