With work easing up a little, I now have time to pull out the maps and start the detailed planning for this summer's cross-country trip from Seattle - Chardon, OH. I've done this drive ... three times before, each time with slightly different routing. This time, I am determined to see Nebraska, one of the states I keep missing for some reason.
Here's my proposed routing. Note that these aren't the sleeping stops, they are the sights I aim to see along the way. I know we'll need fine-tuning on where to stay based on hotel/motel availability and town size.
We'll be me, my 16 year old daughter, and my 6 year old son. My 19 year old will likely be joining us on our return trip, which will go through Canada (that might be another post!). My husband is out of vacation time, and has weekend commitments he can't miss; he might be able to fly out and do the return drive with us, which would give us three drivers on the return leg.
July 13 afternoon OR July 14 morning - leave Seattle -- (stop overnight in Baker City?) --Hagerman Fossil Beds (Idaho) -- Fossil Butte Nat'l Monument (Wyoming near Kemmerer) -- Chimney Rock (Western Nebraska) -- Galesburg, IN (to visit Knox College - must be there on July 19th for open house) -- other stops to be determined -- Chardon, OH
There must be something interesting we can aim for in Iowa. My last trip across Iowa, all I remember is corn, corn, corn. Ditto Indiana, but less corn. I feel like we should see something of note in each state we cross.
So, any thoughts? Tips? We like historical sites, parks, natural wonders (i.e. caves, water falls, trees), pie & diners.
We've seen Mt. Rushmore, Devil's Tower, Corn Palace, Wall Drug, Badlands, Teddy Roosevelt NP, Sioux Falls, Mammoth Cave, Wind Cave, Jewel Cave, Dinosaur Nat'l Monument, Great Salt Lake, Spiral Jetty, Golden Spike, Bourbon Trail...