Hi all, I'm really excited to find this website full of wise and experienced roadtrippers! I have done a few trips, but on my own when I was younger. Now I'm older, and have a couple of wee beasties tagging along, so I am dialing back my daily driving expectations.
I am planning a trip from Northville, MI area to Seattle, WA for my nephew's wedding July 30. I will be doing all the driving because the husband a) has to work, and b) isn't as brave and/or crazy as I am. Instead, he will fly out for a few days for the wedding. Along for the fun will be my two kids, 9 & 12. I have planned out the trip, and would love to hear the advice/comments of seasoned travellers. I have reservations made for the trip out, but they are changeable if I've made a horrible mistake.
Starting in Northville, MI, these are my stops with miles/rounded hours (I do realize the computer time guestimate needs to be increased by at least 20% for traffic/potty breaks/snacks/separating fighting kids):
7/18: Davenport, IA (413/6.5)
7/19: Sioux Falls, SD (448/7)
7/20: Rapid City, SD (348/5) - direct route, doesn't include a drive to De Smet (may save for return) and a drive through part of the Badlands.
7/21: Cody, WY (380/6)
7/22: Bozeman, WY (205/3.5) - direct route, doesn't include a "quick" drive through Yellowstone. I did read other threads about the realities of the parks, 30 mph, animals, parked cars blocking the road, etc. I have friends who live/work/volunteer in the park and they are helping me plan how to see at least a couple of things. I have limited mobility so we will only be able do short accessible walks, but I am happy to see anything!
7/23: Coeur D'Alene, ID (366/5.5)
7/24: Seattle, WA (306/4.5)
The return (no hotels reserved yet):
8/2: Coeur D'Alene, ID (366/5.5)
8/3: Billings, MT (508/7.5) - too ambitious?
8/4: Rapid City, SD (316/5) - through De Smet if we didn't go on the way out
8/5: Sioux City, IA (429/6)
8/6: Peru, IL (449/6.5) - seems like an odd place to stop, but I'm using the husband's free hotel nights from his work trips. :)
8/7: Home (334/5.5)
Start and end dates are firm, as is the 8/2 departure for home. The return trip seems hard to figure out, probably because I'm doing it in six days instead of seven. Should I take another route? What else should we see? Are we trying to do too much? I really appreciate any advise and suggestions y'all can offer!