My husband is being stationed at Ft. Lewis so we will be making the trip from DC to Tacoma, WA in July with our 2 daughters (2 and 4) and the cat. This is the first time I've ever driven west of Western PA so we want to make the most of our trip. We have a max of 2 weeks to make the trip, I would like to do it in 10 days( so I have some help unpacking before he starts work ;) ). We know we want to see Mt. Rushmore, Badlands, Black Hills. How much time should we allot to do those sights? And we want to spend a night or two in Yellowstone. What other places/sights should we try to see along the way? Particulary east of SD. Anything particularly kid friendly? We will start the trip on July 1st. Is there anyplace we should try to be for July 4th (or avoid for that matter).
I'm not a camper, recommendations for lodging that's reasonably priced and will allow a cat?
All advice and input is greatly appreciated!