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    Hey guys,

    My girlfriend and I plan to do a road trip from DC to central US by passing middle west this summer. I am photographer and we have never been to central US before. Therefore, we need some suggestions about places to stay. My plan is:

    DC-Bloomington, IN----Mackinaw, MI----WI----IA----MN----ND----SD----NE----KS----OK----TN----WV----DC

    As you can see, I am not sure which place we should stay after MI. I went to school in Bloomington, IN, therefore, I plan to stay there for 3 nights. After IN and MI, I am not sure where we can stay for 1 or 2 nights. After MI, I prefer driving 6 hours per day because I will be the only driver.

    Since I am a photographer, I just want to stop some places can really represent the local cultures, either nature or cities.

    Thanks for your time in advance!
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    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    When you're open to anything - cities or nature - then it's going to be hard for anyone to start narrowing things down.

    So, at the very least, we're going to need to know how long do you have for this trip, and are you hoping to visit all of those states, or is that just a list of places that you would consider going?

    Otherwise, any other information you can give us - specifically, any places that have looked appealing to you so far in your planning - will be helpful to others trying to come up with some useful suggestions.

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    After IN and MI, I am not sure where we can stay for 1 or 2 nights.
    On my bucket list, for "someday", is Door County, Wisconsin.



    Donna

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    Default It's the detail you find on maps.

    Quote Originally Posted by dmtl815 View Post
    Since I am a photographer, I just want to stop some places can really represent the local cultures, either nature or cities.
    I take it you are planning this trip with good detailed maps. Maps on which you can see so much more detail than on a little screen.

    You might find the suggestions in the following paragraph helpful, in finding places which would fill your criteria:-

    Quote Originally Posted by AZBuck
    Start with maps. Not GPS, not software, not Google, but real honest-to-god paper maps that show you your entire route, that you can mark up (and erase), that you can stick pins in, and that show something about the land you'll be driving through. Those are your essential tool in any RoadTrip planning process. Start by marking all the places you know you want to visit. Then connect the dots. Then look for more places of interest and scenic routes along the lines connecting the dots. Repeat until you've got as many sites and roads as you think you want.
    Good detailed maps are invaluable during the planning of a trip, and essential when on the road. You will see all the roads/routes available to you - some incredibly scenic, the places through which they pass and the attractions along the way. A little research on the internet will ensure which of them are exactly what you are looking for.

    If you do not have maps, go to AAA to pick up one of each State you plan to visit, or you might prefer a road atlas such as is produced by Rand McNally.

    Lifey

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