We're planning a trip to the Outer Banks of NC in mid-April 2015 from Chicago, IL. When I look up possible routes, there are two very different choices with a similar time spent driving (980 mi vs 993 mi, both about 15.5 hrs). One route goes through Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and DC and the other through Indianapolis and West Virginia. We plan to make the trip in two days (each time - there and back), and we'll have a 5 year old and 1 year old with us, so while we're planning to make many shorter stops to stretch our legs and play along the way, but we won't necessarily be looking to sightsee in ways that will take us off the route.
Any advice? Should we stick to one of the above or plan to hit both for variety? Anyone done this drive before?