Hello everyone! I'm new here and decided to post about an upcoming "road trip." I really have no idea where to start, so I'll just tell you what I have figured out so far:
My boyfriend and I currently live in Chicago, but we will be leaving from my parents' house in Joliet, IL. The current plan is to leave on Saturday, May 12th. We'll be arriving in Chesapeake, VA, but it's flexible as to when we can get there. There will not be a return trip, because we are moving there! The only concern I have about how long it will take is the price of lodging.
I also want to see some "roadside attractions" - preferably free or cheap (we're moving the day after I graduate college, so you know, I'm already broke enough). My boyfriend and I rarely get this much time off together, or get to drive this far, so I feel like we should take advantage of it. We're both nerds who love museums, but we're also open to sightseeing things that don't take very much time to look at. I'd like to see "unique" things too, but then, who wouldn't?
As for the route, I don't really care which way we go. I'm actually a little uncomfortable driving my car on the highway (I've had public transportation for 2 years and my car is not the best), or at least driving it very fast. So I'm already planning for this to take a little longer than average. I should have an I-Pass available to me, if that matters any. Also, I'll personally be doing most of the driving myself, so there won't be any significant "shifts" (I say that now, but I'm sure my desire for sleep will win out).
Anyway, I'm really not sure where to start other than that. I'm not really concerned with seeing a lot around the D.C. area, because I'll have plenty of time to check that out once we're moved in (we'll actually be moving up to the Norfolk area at some point).
So I guess I'm asking for suggestions about 1) the best general route to take, 2) idea for places to visit along the way, and 3) any other general tips for a noob, whose never done an inter-state road trip.