One good thing about this trip, I learned how to spell “itinerary”! Ok, here’s the final route, for those of you keeping track!
1. Williamsport, PA – will try to hit the little league museum, but it’s our first day!
2. Canton, OH
3. Football Hall of Fame, then stay on the shores of Lake Erie, OH
4. Indiana Sand Dunes on Lake Michigan, IN
5. Chicago:Field Museum – just a commuter rail ride from Indiana and the train station is walking distance from our campground.
6. LaCrosse, Wisconsin on the shores of the Mississippi
7. Palisades State Park, South Dakota. Not to be confused with Palisades Park, NJ
8. Badlands! And their night sky program, SD
9. More Badlands, maybe Mount Rushmore, SD
10. Mount Rushmore (option 2) then Thermopolis, Wyoming
11. Dino dig in Thermopolis then Yellowstone
15. Drive through the Grand Tetons to Antelope Island in the middle of Great Salt Lake, UT
16. Fremont Indian State Park and their Petroglyphs, UT
17. Zion, UT
18. More Zion, UT
19. Rafting the Colorado then Grand Canyon (our campsite is a mile from the rim!!!)
20. Grand Canyon (set alarm for pre-dawn!)
21. Grand Canyon
22. Petrified Forest, AZ
23. White Sands, NM
24. Roswell, NM
25. Carlsbad Caverns, NM
26. South Llano River, which I think is the only River in West Texas
27. San Antonio and we’ll try to find the basement of the Alamo.
29. Space Center
30. Texarkana (it’s a real place! Technically, we’re staying in Atlanta Texas, but it’s close)
31. Crater of Diamonds State Park Arkansas
32. Graceland! Yep, we’re staying in Memphis at the Graceland rv park
33. Jellystone near Mammoth Caves, KY
34. Mammoth Caves, KY
35. Beckley WV, near the Boy Scout high adventure camp (which will be closed for the season by the time we get there)
36. Centerville, VA
37. Harper’s Ferry (we’re bringing a picture of their bell that’s in our town) and Gettysburg, PA
38. More Gettysburg
39. Lancaster, PA
40. HomeSo, by the numbers: 1 city, 2 Great Lakes (3ish? Great Salt Lake does have the word “great” in its name!), 5 state parks, 12 national parks/monuments/battlefields/historic site/shore line, driving through about 20 states (Brian has asked if we can stop for lunch in Iowa since we’re driving 10 miles away from the border in Minnesota, so it maybe 21) and staying overnight in 14 or so. It’s about 7000 miles and 122 hours of driving.
Any bets on how many times Todd and I hear “are we there yet?”