Family road trip from chicago?
Looking to take a family road trip less than 1000 miles (1way) from Chicago. Destanation not that important as long as its fun and has things to check out along the way. We have done orlando and mt rushmore so looking somewhere besides there. Kids range from 6-12 any suggestions appreciated. Thanks
- EtoilesLv 41 decade agoFavorite Answer
I am living in the Chicago area as well and have done multiple road trips from here. These are some of our trips:
- Road trip to St. Louis: 300 miles. You pass through Springfield so you can see the state's capitol and the abe lincoln attractions. In St. Louis we went up the arch, through the Anheuser Busch brewery tour, the botanic gardens (were really beautiful), Mississippi riverboat tour, free sculpture garden, casinos for the adults.
- Tour of Kentucky: 400-500 miles. We stopped first in Louisville, KY and went to the Churchill Downs museum and went on a tour of the Kentucky derby track. There were lots of kid friendly things in the museum. There is the Louisville Slugger factory tour and everyone gets a little baseball bat. There is also a Muhammad Ali museum and zoo.
From there after visiting we drove to Lexington. Along the way we saw some bourbon disilleries and ate at the KFC colonel's wife's restaurant. In Lexington we went to the Kentucky Horse Park. Just north in Georgetown in a Japanese garden, can take a tour of the Toyota factory (really fascinating!), and eat bourbon chocolates.
From here we drove to Cincinnatti, OH. We ate some Cincinnatti chili and explored the downtown area. We went to this crazy store called Jungle Jims which is a must see. They also have a national underground railroad center.
On the drive back stop at the free Indianapolis art museum. Awesome!
Other places we did not visit but might interest you in KY: mammoth cave park.
- Road trip to the Smokey Mountains: 700 miles. We first stopped in Gatlinburg, TN for a few days. It has a million kid centered tourist traps here. Everything from the Ripley's aquarium to mini golf, haunted houses, alligator farms, Dollywood, etc, etc... We saw Dolly Parton's dinner show which was entertaining. From Gatlinburg you can visit the Smokey Mountains. There are a lot of hikes and scenic drives where you can explore. They encourage people to get out and go into ancient log cabins. Gorgeous area. From there we drove to Asheville, NC. We went to the Biltmore estate. (it does have some children centered activities such as the farm there as well)
- Trip to Niagra Falls: 500 miles. We have not done this trip yet but have researched it. Start by driving to Detroit, MI and seeing some of the car related attractions there before heading to the Niagra Falls. View the falls, can take a boat before heading to Toronto. See some of the sites. This trip can be made more interesting then by taking a different way home and going through to Buffalo (try original buffalo wings) and then on through Cleveland (rock and roll hall of fame) to Chicago.
We also went to Mt. Rushmore and are planning to drive to Orlando this June so if you have any suggestions on that trip let me know!
Wow that other poster should definitely learn their geography a little! Little big horn and custer's last stand aren't anywhere near Chicago and the Dells. Edit: They are in Montana which means they would have to drive back through Mt. Rushmore which they have already been to! Not to mention that's a 40 hour round trip re-routing!
- Anonymous5 years ago
I'm from salt lake and am currently visiting st. Louis. I would say it's a must on your trip. Visit the free zoo and museum. And the arch! It's a really friendly city. And try the ribs at pappys smokehouse. Tastey!
- suzb49Lv 61 decade ago
Go West on 90...Wisconsin Dells and Great Wolf Lodge is there. You can route your trip to go past the battle of the Little Big Horn and Custer's last stand.
To Etoiles: I did not say you can keep on 90 West to get to Custer's last stand...I said you "can route" your trip meaning that it is possible to see both places by routing it. I have gone that way...you should read completely before you judge.