Final Itinerary 

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

12. Yellowstone

13. Yellowstone

14. 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. 

28. Houston

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?”


One thought on “Final Itinerary 

  1. Re: the “Are we there yet?” part of your post, someone gave me a great tip (that we didn’t institute on our trip because our kids are too young). Give each kid a roll of quarters. Each time they ask “are we there yet” or similar, they have to pay you a quarter. If they DON’T ask, they get to keep all the money. The $10 ante might be too low these days, but it’s an idea. Maybe give them $20 and call it 50 cents every time they ask.

    Adam came up with another idea for our kids that helped a little. Before any drive longer than an hour, he told them ahead of time how long we expected the drive to be. We added 15″ for every hour to allow for bathroom breaks. Then, he set his phone to beep every 30″ and he would give them an update on the remaining travel time (thanks to Waze). It worked pretty well, maybe 75% of the time.

    Good luck!


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