We're driving like hell at the beginning, until the Durango/Four Corners area (2 stops, 2 days, staying in cheapo hotels/motels where ever we drop) and plan to spend about 3-4 days camping around Four Corners.
We have to be in San Diego for a family event 21-27 June. Then we want to take the northern route back, over about 10-11 days. Adults have been cross country a few times before, but the kids haven't seen much other than cities (but they are used to traveling). Never been to the Badlands, and this is pretty much my only 'must.'
We like hiking (but the kids aren't really interested in more than 4-5 miles a day), love anything on the water, and have NO desire to see things like Mt Rushmore, although we do like eclectic and land art. We don't mind driving lots and then hanging around in one place.
So here are my questions.
* Where to camp in/around the Badlands?
* Worth it to stop off in Bryce and/or Yellowstone or would it take too much time?
* Worth it to ferry across Lake Michigan and stay a night in northern Michigan or better to just head south through Chicago at that point?
Thanks for your comments!
evieEdited: 17 May 2013, 22:55