Hello. Last year RTA helped put together a great itinerary and I seek everyone’s help again. We are a crew of 5 with 3 kids, 6, 9, 12. We love baseball, hockey, natural beauty, quirky local flavor, history and science, and comfort –that is, we are not campers or extreme-adventurers, not that we can afford luxury. I like having everything figured out beforehand: for last year’s road trip from NM to CA, your suggestions were the foundation for a binder I made with web printouts, maps, suggested detours and restaurants.
This year we want to go west as one way, 3-5 hours of driving at a time with a night or two at each stop. We have 14 days in July. Suggestions and advice from all experts and been-theres, please, about the following ideas:
1) Chicago to Denver through Mt. Rushmore?
2) St. Paul to Seattle through Mt. Rushmore?
3) St. Louis through Denver to San Francisco