Hi all and Happy New Year to you!
My girlfriend and I (plus our small cat) will be moving westward to the Seattle area on February 1st and are looking for some pointers on where to stop along the way. We won't be taking a large van, but instead a 4 wheel drive Expedition and only our most prized possessions. After giving Google maps a strong once over and reviewing other threads we are already well aware that this is (at minimum) a 4 day trip. We will be splitting the driving (which will make the long days easier) but we still would like to stop someplace cheap and quaint each night to rest and give the cat some time to run about. (Safe motel suggestions will be greatly appreciated!)
The plan is to leave super early the first day, like 3 am, and take 94 N to 90 E. If we push it far the first day we should be able to take it nice and slow through the more scenic parts of the country. The problem is that I can't decide on whether to take it to La Crosse (then head west through South Dakota to see Mt. Rushmore) or to take it all the way through Minneapolis/Fargo/North Dakota. These are the two options I've come up with.....
Option A) Chicago/Rapid City/Livingston/Spokane/Seattle
Option B) Chicago/Fargo/Billings/Spokane/Seattle
We've had a rough winter here in Chicago and I am expecting the rest of the North has seen the same. I'd like to see a sight or two along the way but we don't plan to stop much as it will be a tough journey. (We have the car for 5 days but would like to get into Seattle early enough to use the car to get basic supplies upon arrival.)
Thank you, in advance, for any suggestions!!! Any input at all would be an amazing contribution to our move! :)