Hi everyone — I'm so glad I found this forum! I've already learned a lot in preparation for a trip from Vermont to Laramie, Wyoming, early in August. My boyfriend and I are making the drive to move me out to grad school in Laramie, and we're planning on making stops in Door County, Wisconsin, Mankato, Minnesota, and South Dakota to visit friends and family. So far, our initial itinerary looks like this:
VT to Grand Rapids, MI
13 hours, 735 miles.
Saturday, Aug. 7
Grand Rapids, MI to Ludington, MI (to catch SS Badger carferry across Lake Michigan)
Arrive at dock by 8 a.m. for 9 a.m. ferry departure. (Leave Grand Rapids by 6:30 a.m.)
Ludington, MI to Manitowoc, WI by ferry, arrive 12 p.m.
Mantiwoc to Sister Bay, WI. Arrive mid-afternoon.
Sunday, Aug. 8
Sister Bay, WI to Mankato, MN
Approximately 8 hours driving time, 431 miles.
Tuesday, Aug. 10
Mankato, MN to Sioux Falls, SD
Approximately 2.75 hours driving time.
Thursday, Aug. 12
Sioux Falls, SD to Laramie, WY
Approximately 10.75 hours driving time.
Saturday, Aug. 14
Our priority is to push through the two long days of driving time on either end, with an emphasis on seeing family and friends at each stop rather than sight-seeing along the way. (I'm anticipating having to make this drive three more times before my graduate degree is finished, so there's plenty of time for that later!)
My biggest question at this point is, is it feasible for two people to make a 735-mile drive in one day? We'll be leaving bright and early, and anticipate switching off every few hours. Still, it's a long day, and I'd love to hear from others who have done it.
Second, is it worth tying in a trip to Niagara Falls on our first day? It seems like we could time it so we hit Niagara Falls around lunchtime, then head west. What do you think?
We're sticking to major roadways, but if you've driving portions of the route before, and have any must-see, must-stop suggestions, please let me know!