I'm planning a "not-so-sure-yet"-roadtrip to Wyoming on the first week of May. I've already been in that area, I crossed the border in Detroit and used I-80 and US26. Now, I was thinking of crossing the border further west, maybe Sault Ste. Marie or Thunder Bay. I've never been through Wisconsin, Minnesota, ND and SD so I thought it would be an interesting opportunity to go through these States. I don't like interstates, I prefer scenic roads and small towns.
I absolutely want to hit Badlands NP on the way, but I am open to any suggestions of back roads, hiking trails, attractions that involves sceneries, history, interesting cities, music, museums, general stores, typical restaurants, places to stay overnight (I plan to sleep in my car or in cheap motel rooms along the way)... I want to stay as far as possible from shopping centers and tourist traps except if it's worth it. I am also curious about the weather in the MidWest at that time of the year.