I'm planning for a road trip from Northern NJ to Chicago which is just under 800 miles. I'm going to break it up into a 2-days drive with an overnight layover somewhere in between. I realize Cleveland is sort of in the middle but I would prefer to stay in some small town with great characters instead and is more along the way towards Chicago. I would appreciate if someone here can give me some ideas.
In addition, other the using Rt 80, are there any more picturesque back roads that I can explore? However, I do believe Rt. 80 is the most direct and shortest route between the two points.