Our best trip ever was a cross-country road trip when we moved from California to Connecticut 4 years ago. This forum was a great help for ideas! Now, four years later, we are moving from CT to Southern Oregon in August and would like to take to take a more northern route this time. We have at least two weeks free. My idea is to have a little bit of a "theme". Our older daughter is really interested in history, the Oregon trail, pioneers and Laura Ingalls, etc... and I'm wondering if I can incorporate some of her interests into the trip.
I don't *mind* driving the interstates and staying at Motel 6, but I really would prefer having some chances to actually see the countryside/towns. We like camping and hostels and bed-and-breakfasts. We did a no-fast-food trip the last time and I loved seeking out local shops and bakeries and cafes and diners along the route in order to have some more authentic (and healthy!) non-franchised experiences.
So my questions are this:
Which route would you take that would get from CT to Southern Oregon and include a wide range of scenery and sights that a 5 & 7 yr old (good travelers) would enjoy?
Which towns have a historic district worth visiting?
Any suggestions for particularly interesting accommodations or food?
Any awesome campgrounds? (Yellowstone? Badlands?)
If the weather is hot, we might like to stop at a pool or water park along the way. Any thoughts on that?
Thank you for any tips!