How to plan a five-week cross-country trip??? I won’t be able to tell you for sure until we get back. We don’t want to be stuck to a tight schedule. We want to go with the flow which leaves us open to getting stuck in a busy place without a reservation. This is a bit unnerving because we never travel without reservations. This blog could very well become a lesson in what not to do.
Deciding on the places to visit has been an ongoing process. We are revisiting places I went to when I did a similar trip with Kim Larkin in 1991.
One of our major guidebooks is 1,ooo Places to See Before You Die. Despite the dire title it does certainly does help narrow our choices down quite a bit. We also have AAA Triptiks and guidebooks and brochures sent from state tourism boards. As I look at the picture that I just noticed someone put a dart in the middle of the map. I don’t know (really!) how that got there we are definitely more scientific than that.
Here is the outline of our trip:
*Drop Molly off with Grammie and Grandpa in Holland Patent, NY Head to Michigan( Makinac Island and Upper Peninsula),Wisconsin Dells, South Dakota (DeSmet-Laura Ingalls, Wall, Badlands, Mt Rushmore), Wyoming (Cody, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons) Utah (Salt Lake-pick up Jim, Five national parks), Arizona (Grand Canyon, Sedona, Phoenix-drop Jim off), Colorado (Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes), Missouri (St. Louis Arch), Ohio (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Football Hall of Fame) Pennsylvania (Hershey Park), NY to pick up Molly and Home.
If you know of any not to be missed places along the way let us know!
Now that I am finally finished with school it is time to start packing! Our planned departure date is 6/22.