I'm new to this forum and am considering driving from Portland, OR to Ann Arbor, Michigan next summer to visit family.
I will be driving with experienced road trip kids who do great in the car! Projected Ages: 5.5 and 7.5, both boys. We will also have my MIL who is a great sport but prefers hotels over camping. Doesn't have to be fancy.
We are mostly interested in cool natural experiences/parks/lakes or wacky things vs. cities/historical sites. Plus recommended lodging (inexpensive).
We just did Yellowstone/Grand Tetons so you can leave that off the list.
Long days in the car are not a problem. Hiking - about 3 miles tops.
Projecting about a week in either direction but flexible.
Thanks for any help/suggestions!