This is my first post on the forum so thank you for welcoming me in the community.
I will be traveling for 5 months through the US with my husband, 2.5-3yo and 6-11mo.
We have most of the trip figured out (SF to Florida, exploring the South and then up to Chicago) but need some help for the last leg.
We will be leaving from either Chicago or Madison, Wisconsin (friends reunion) on May 21st. We plan a stop in Belgium, Wisconsin as we are from Luxembourg and the village has an important Luxembourg heritage.
Then we will need to leave our van in Denver on June 15th. I am trying to figure out how to fill those 3.5 weeks:
1. Drive by Mount Rushmore, but then there's not much to see on the road to there it seems, so debating if we should leave that for another trip? Or is the drive between Mount Rushmore and Denver interesting enough to make the effort to drive longer stretches between Wisconsin and Mount Rushmore
2. Drive parts of the roadtrips suggested in the Roadtrip USA books: combine some of the Loneliest Road (Colorado, Kansas) with the Road to Nowhere (South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas) and / or the Great River Road (Iowa, Missouri).
3. Drive a longer stretch right away towards Colorado and explore that state (your favorites?)
4. Other ideas?
We try to limit ourselves to max 3 hour driving days, followed by a day of sightseeing or more if there is more to see, then driving again the following day
If there is nothing to see we don't mind doing a few longer driving days, bearing in my mind our children will require us to take a few breaks.
Thank you in advance for your suggestions!