March 28, 2011

Vacation Planner?

I need your help.

We are planning a road trip from NC to Mount Rushmore.
I know, we're insane.
Our stopping points along the way are Knoxville, Nashville, St. Louis ..... and somewhere in middle (Kansas City, Omaha)?  We'll come home the "shorter" route through Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois etc...
Neither of us are big planners, so that is why I am asking you.
Have you been to any of these destinations?
Do you have any "must-see's"?
Favorite restaurants?

Here is our list so far:
Nashville: good food
St. Louis: the arch
Mt. Rushmore
The Badlands
Walnut Creek, MN
Louisville: Sluggar plant

Other than that, we are wide open.  Any suggestions?  Thoughts?


Christina said...

How EXCITING!! I took three trips like this with my family over three different summers. We camped our way and back to California one summer, then Maine and then Alberta, Canada! The trips were 3-4 weeks or so. I've been to 45 of the 50 states and am so thankful for those trips my parents took us on! (Though there were MANY times during the trips I wanted to kill my family...I won't lie. :)

I'm really excited for you and can't wait to hear about it and plan my own trip like that in several years!

That said, I'll ask my Mom some highlights for that route. She will remember our fav spots.

Kellie said...

Never been that direction in our good ole U S of A, but just have lots of pillows for your road trip... for sleeping and helping your seat! ha!! :)

Honestly, I haven't a clue as to where to go and what to do, but just enjoy it all. One day we'll get around to that and you can share all that you learned! :)

Angel said...


We live outside of STL and love visiting. The 3 top must sees on our list (other than the arch) are: City Museum (a playground for adults and kids featuring engineering wonders and recycled art that wows, St. Louis Zoo (cool underwater hippo and penguin viewing areas, and the Missouri Botanical Gardens (beautiful Japanese gardens surrounding a lake, Victorian maze, and rose gardens. If you get past the humidity, you are sure to love STL.


KR said...

I hear the Badlands rock. My parents did a road trip last summer; I'll check & see what their faves were. What fun fun fun!!!

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

City Museum in St. Louis is AWESOME!!! My kids LOVED it. And the zoo there is free. I'd check those out and see if you can take in a Cardinals game. :) You also need to get some Ted Drewes frozen custard. It's legendary. I have no experience visiting any of the other places so that's all I've got for ya.

Jodee said...

While in S.D., I recommend going to Reptile Gardens and Bear Country.

Omaha has a nice zoo and there are lots of things to do in K.C. too. I can hook you up with a bloggy friend who recently moved from K.C. and she knows all of the hot spots there if you would like me to!

We live in Lincoln (an hour west of Omaha)!

Enjoy your roadtrip!

wendy said...

On your way to the Badlands there's Wall Drug. You'll see signs for miles and miles offering free water. It's really a trinket shop lover's destination, but kinda fun to see. The Badlands are so amazing. Crazy Horse isn't too far from Mt. Rushmore and they're still working on blasting and carving it. Somewhere in North Dakota is a Laura Ingalls Wilder home or homestead, I forget exactly where, but I remember seeing signs for it wishing we would've had time to stop. I went from Ohio to Oregon the week after we got married. Be prepared for a LONG drive.

Amy said...

I think you NEED to make a stop in Lynchburg!! You could go tubing at the new LU snowflex! Or come on up my way & you can see Monticello, Natural Bridge, etc......Any excuse to meet you guys! ;-)

feedingmypickyeaters said...

Just found your blog and wanted to say hello from one NC blogger to aanother.


Anonymous said...

Okay so I sent this in on the wrong post. St. Louis = MY HOUSE. We have a Zoo, Grants Farm, and other fun stuff. Tara

Talli said...

Knoxville has the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, a World's Fair park downtown, Calhoun's on the river - BBQ & More, The Largest on Campus Football Stadium, and more. All of it downtown and within a five mile radius :) Have fun!