I am planning a road trip for Summer 2011 starting in my hometown of Los Angeles. We will have roughly 4 and 1/2 weeks to get to Eagle River, Wisconsin, we are dropping off our children for Summer Camp. They will be there for 24 days and we thought we'd tour the East and South during those 24 days. Then we have to pick them up in Eagle River, Wisconsin and drive home in 8-10 days.
On the way to Wisconsin we'd like to go up the coastal route until Eugene, then Portland, up to Seattle, then Idaho, Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, Fargo, and Eagle River.
Then I need help. There are so many different ways we could go, what would be the most interesting for our 24 days before we pick up the other kids in Wisconsin? At that point it will be mostly just two women traveling with a 5 and 6 year old. (At times, our husbands might fly in and out as will a friend of ours.) What would you all suggest???
After we pick them up we were thinking of taking a more direct route, adjusting for some things we haven't seen yet. We don't want to go through Vegas because we do that too much as is. So we were thinking Eagle River, Omaha, Kansas City, Wichita, Amarillo, Albuquerque, Flagstaff (Grand Canyon), Laughlin, and finally home.
I know I have almost a full year to plan, but I love planning and the earlier start the better.
FYI I already rented a 15 passenger van, because when our husbands and friend decide to join us along our journey they can fit and then when we can all share the driving. I know we have a lot of time, but this country is so amazing I keep feeling like I have to fit it all in. I need some expert advice to slow me down so we can really get a feel for the country and really enjoy the sites!!!
Mostly I'm at a loss as to what to see when the older kids are at camp.
Thanks in Advance for Your Advice!!!