Hi everyone! First time posting and so glad to find this planning forum as my only resource for planning this vacation to this point has been google maps and my trusty atlas.
Myself, my husband and two sons (ages 12 & 9) will be traveling by car from Illinois (west of Evansville) to D.C. in the last days of May and early June. We haven't yet decided how many days we need for this trip, so I guess that's my first question to you. We plan to spend 5 days in D.C., but how many travel days to and from would be best?
I was thinking about taking US-50 the whole way, which google maps tells me is four more hours than taking I-70. We want to "see stuff" on the way so that's my main motivation for avoiding the interstate. But what about stops along the way? Are the state parks/picnic sites easier to access from the interstate?
We'll pack a cooler and usually like to stay overnight at a Hampton Inn or the likes. Our kids are good travelers; we can usually drive about 8 hours a day pretty easily.
Any suggestions? TIA!