My husband and 2 boys (4 and 2) are planning to drive from Detroit to Seattle beginning Aug 30th. We have never tackled such an extensive road trip but are excited and hopeful. Just needed some feedback from those of you who are more well experienced!
Day 1 (Aug 30): Detroit to Badlands National Park (Rapid City, SD)
We are planning to leave Friday Aug 30th at some point in the late afternoon and drive through the night (so the kids can sleep). My husband and I will switch off and on driving so we can sleep.
Day 2 (Aug 31): Explore Badlands National Park and drive to Mount Rushmore (Keystone, SD). Spend night in hotel.
Day 3 (Sept 1): Drive to Yellowstone National Park. Spend night
Day 4-5 (Sept 2-3): Explore Yellowstone National Park. Drive halfway to Seattle and spend night
Day 6 (Sept 4): Finish driving to Seattle.
Day 7 (Sept 5): Explore Seattle-visit family and friends.
Day 8-11 (Sept 6-9): Renting house on Olympic Pennisula. Explore Olympic National Park/Hoh Rainforest. Drive back to Seattle on the 9th.
Day 12: (Sept 10): Fly back to Detroit
I know that we may be trying to tackle too much and I am completely aware that we will only be able to see pieces of the National Parks. We are willing to be flexible...and must for the kids sake :)
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Also, any "must see" spots would help us to prioritize what to see in the small amount of time that we have!