After my last short, pre-Christmas loop out of St. Louis with my daughter went so well. (See: http://www.roadtripamerica.com/forum...t-3-4-day-trip if interested) I am thinking of another one in early March.
Parameters: I have work commitments until about noon on Thursday, March 1. I need to be back in St. Louis by early evening on Tuesday, March 6. So, I count four full days and two half-days. I would prefer not to do any days over 400 miles, if possible. I also don't want to get into a mad dash with too much driving and too little enjoying-where-we-are.
My first inclination would be to just wait until a couple days before departure, grab a weather forecast, and head out whichever way looks best, but I am trying to get some ideas in each direction.
Some initial thoughts:
Possibility 1: St. Louis to Nashville via Interstate, then along the Natchez Trace as far as seems pleasant and relaxing (probably Tupelo - maybe Jackson if we are feeling particularly energetic), circle back to Memphis and then home.
Possibility 2: (I think this is too far for the time we have, though) One-and-a-half days to the Gulf Shore (maybe around Destin or Pensacola?) hang out for a couple days, then back via a different route than the one down.
Possibility 3: Meandering through the Ozarks and Ouachitas in Arkansas (although I think we are not in a great time of year here)
Possibility 4: Pick a nearby city and explore it. Lots near (but not too near): ex: Kansas City, Memphis, Nashville, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Chicago, etc. (Probably the best choice if the weather is bad everywhere..)
I think my daughter would be okay with any of these as long as I make sure we stay at hotels with indoor pools. She also loves beaches, boats, and picnics which is why I keep thinking about trying to make it all the way to the Gulf Coast.