Hi, I am really new to this site and am excited to post my questions. We are planning a little over three weeks for our road trip out to the mid-west in July.
My husband and I are finally retired and we are active and want to see and do as much as we can. We love to drive and long hours on the road don't bother us. We basically want to see the major sights our country has to offer and lots of walking is fine. Hiking and crazy sports are not for us though. We also will be taking along our 8 lb dog. I wish we had a choice but it's either stay home or take him with us. He is crate-trained and will have no problem in hotel rooms while we are out. We will return after a few hours in the early afternoon, take him for long walks or drives and then return him to the hotel if we want to take in a museum or do something where he won't be allowed. We will always be on the look-out for casual outdoor spaces to enjoy breakfast and dinner with Rascal.
Here is what I have so far.
We will drive from NY and stop one night in Cleveland Ohio. How is the Middleburg Heights area?
The next day we will drive onto Chicago. I booked 5 nights in the downtown area. Is this too much to get a feel of the city, see F. L Wright's buildings, and see a museum or two? Any place where dogs are welcome?
We need a place to spend the night between Chicago and Rapid City - a pet-friendly hotel in a safe, pleasant area where we can give the dog a nice long walk before bed and again in the morning.
Then we will drive onto Rapid City, South Dakota. I booked 6 nights there to see Mt. Rushmore, the Black Hills, Custer State Park, the caves, etc at a relaxed pace. Are the Badlands somewhere near this route? Are dogs allowed anywhere?
As for Rapid City, how does 6 days sound? Are there sights we will be able to see and enjoy from the car?
And now the big questions? Where do we go from South Dakota? We will have about 10 days left. Is Yellowstone Park doable? What else? We can also try to cut the other locations down if strongly suggested. I always book hotels with that flexibility.
Any suggestions for the drive back to NY on a slightly more southern route for a change of scenery and maybe a couple of interesting places to spend a day or two here and there?
As you can see I am floundering a lot. A native New Yorkers, other than the eastern coast, we have seen only Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Sedona. Any and all suggestions will be seriously considered. We are anxious to see a lot!
Thanks so very much for reading this and for any thoughts you may have.