I'm in charge of planning a road trip for our car club this August, it will be a group of about 10 middle-aged couples going from NW Chicago suburbs to Carlisle, PA (near Harrisburg). We'll leave on a Tuesday morning and need to arrive Carlisle Thursday evening; giving us 3 days, no need to stay strictly on the Interstate.
The tentative plan-
Day 1: Leave home after the rush hour. After crossing into IN on I80/94. take I65 south to exit 215 and cut back west to US41. Follow that south to US36 and go east to Rockville. Cruise the surrounding roads and covered bridges, spend the night in Rockville.
Any better ideas for the route?
Is the town Rockville itself worth a couple of hours in the afternoon?
Nice but moderately-priced place to stay in/near Rockville?
Day 2: Head toward Indianapolis on US36, stop for breakfast at either the Mayberry RFD cafe in Danville or US40 Diner (new ownership ) in Plainfield. Visit the museum at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, then continue eastward on US40/I70. Possible stop at the Longaberger basket company (7 story building looks like a gigantic picnic basket). Overnight in eastern Ohio.
Any comments about our breakfast stop?
East of Indianapolis, is US40 interesting or should we just jump on I70?
Longaberger basket is said to be doing poorly because of Chinese competition, has anyone stopped there recently?
Suggestions for overnight stop in eastern OH?
Day 3: Continue east on I70/Pennsylvania Turnpike. Minor detours for points of interest. Arrive Carlisle about 6pm.
Most of the PA segment is marked as "scenic" on my maps, but I haven't yet found any places worth a quick stop. Obviously, I'm missing something
Your comments and suggestions will be appreciated, thanks!