Hello, blessed RTA! It's my annual sanity check-- every year you help me with my overambitious itinerary .
Again, I seek everyone’s help again for kid-friendly tips for ages 14, 11, 8.
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-- but a very occasional splurge is possible.
I like having everything figured out beforehand: for each road trip your suggestions have been the foundation for binders I made with web printouts, maps, suggested detours and restaurants.
This year we are going in a partial loop in the Midwest as one way.
We have 16 days in August.
Bringing our Garmin car navigator.
Suggestions and advice from all experts and been-theres, please!
What underlies our planning:
-We are going to try to get to baseball games for the Cards, Brewers, & Chi teams to
help along one son's wish to visit all the stadiums over time.
-We are trying to hit all 50 states in our lifetimes.
-We try to keep driving down to 3-5 hours a day.
-We spend at least 1-2 nights at a stop.
I can do research on my own re St Louis and Chicago--
what do you recommend re this itinerary? Do you think this is too much?
- St Louis
- Springfield (Lincoln-relevant suggestions for Civil War buff?)
- Indiana Dunes National Park?
- Galena (USS Grant-relevant suggestions for big fan?)
From Milwaukee is the leg that baffles me. Help!
-I want to go to Traverse City-- it appears a ferry crosses over from Milw. but I saw a note that it's $300??
-How long of a ride is the ferry? AAA says it's 9 hours from Milwaukee to Muskegon, which on the map looks like it is right across the lake.
-It seems, when I map on the AAA online triptik, that I should stop on the way up to Traverse City once I cross-- where do you suggest?
-Is the ferry the best way to get to Traverse City?
---->What do you think, for example, of going up to Green Bay and around to Traverse City? AAA says it cuts 4 hours from the trip!!
-And what do you PREFER: Mackinaw City/Island or Traverse City?
-I then want to go home to the DC area from Traverse City, and assume that I should leave from Detroit. There is no ball game when we're leaving! There is a game in Cleveland. What do you think about skipping Detroit and heading to Cleveland for a game and an exit home?