Hi there, so my girlfriend and I have been invited to two weddings in June, one near Menomonie, Wisconsin on June 22nd and the other in Crested Butte, Colorado on June 29th. We've decided to use that week in between as vacation time but are debating flying straight from WI to CO and spending the week there or doing a road trip through the midwest since neither of us have spent much time there.
Plan would be to fly to Minneapolis, drive to Menomonie and then start the trip from there after the 1st wedding. I would probably have to be in Crested Butte by Friday the 28th, so I'd figure 5 or 6 days of driving to get from one place to the other.
Aside from the badlands/black hills/mount rushmore, nothing really jumps out at me as urgent to see between those destinations. Also don't know how much time I'd really have at any of those places in the time we would have... Would love any suggestions of places worth seeing/stopping at. We are most interested in outdoor attractions, scenics/hiking etc. Historical attractions are also a plus.
I'd like to try to spend no more than 7ish hours driving each day (any car rental recommendations for this kind of trip would also be nice). It's looking to me like the most scenic route might be through South Dakota and down through Wyoming.
Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated, if this time frame/route is not ideal we'll probably just spend the week in Colorado.