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  1. Default Family Roadtrip Chicago to Houston and back

    Hi, an unexpected visit to Houston mid July is on my families agenda. A road trip with an 8, 7, 5 yr old requires some planning . We would like to make reasonably good time on a scenic route with a good day or 1/2 day stop along the way that our family can enjoy with at least one night stay at each stop. Of course, this includes the way back from Houston to Chicago. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

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    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    Chicago to Houston is just over 1,000 miles, so two days at best. Throw in the requirements for scenic roads and half day stops and you're looking at three or four days each way. If that fits your definition of making 'reasonably good time' then a couple of suggestions for routes would be:

    1) Follow the Great River Road. Head for St. Louis and tour the Arch and Westward Expansion Museum underneath it. Then go south along I-55/US-61 with stops at Mastodon State Park and in Ste. Genevieve (leave the car on the Missouri shore and take the fiery over to Illinois and back) and Cape Girardeau. Visit Mud Island in Memphis and maybe Crater of Diamonds State Park outside Fayetteville, AR. Finish up by taking US-59 from Texarkansas to Houston.

    2) Scenic Drives Galore. From Houston head across southern Louisiana on the Creole Nature Trail to New Orleans, take the world's longest bridge across Lake Pontchartrain. Continue north up to Jackson and get on the Natchez Trace Parkway which will take you as far as Nashville, passing by the Shiloh Battlefield in southern Tennessee, Then continue north on I-65 past Mammoth Cave National Park and back to Chicago.

    Hmmmm... maybe four days each way would be better, but even with three, you can have a great time on either or both of those routes.


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