I plan on driving from Washington DC to Santa Cruz, CA. I will be leaving in late June early July.
My route will be DC to Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah up to Boise then on to Santa Cruz. I don't want to drive through the desert with 2 kids. I though I would skirt Nevada. On my return I would like to go Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Custer, Minnesota, UP (Lake Superior) then on down to Chigaco and make my way back home.
My travel companions will be my 4 year old and 1 year old.
I have already purchased my National Parks Pass.
I don't plan on spending money on museums, zoos, or anything touristy. I want to see America. I want to walk through her woods, by her lakes, through her cornfields, see her wildlife, etc.
My money will be spent on gas, food and lodging (which I hope will be a good bit of camping). I would like to splurge on some lodging. Unusual places to stay. Any ideas???
I love Mark Twain. Is Hannibal, MO worth it?
How about viewing the Arch in St. Louis?
I would like to spend a good bit of time in Colorado.
The National Parks of course.
Small towns, I don't need big cities. Raised in NYC and now living in DC. That's enough for me.
Few days in Chicago.
Maybe a week in Michigan.
Any good ideas would be greatly appreciated....