What route are you planning on taking from I-90 to DC? Most people end up on I-76, and that's usually the quickest, but you don't absolutely have to take that route. You'll be passing by Chicago, Cleveland and potentially Pittsburgh, which are all great cities with a lot to do. There's also Put-in-Bay and Kellys Island, Ohio, which can be quite nice.
Also, will you have a U-Haul with you, or do you have movers making the separate trip?
We will have two cars, our stuff is being moved by professional movers. Not sure which route we will be taking, I'm hoping we can determine that from this thread :)
Hi C K,
I grew up in the Chicago area and still have family there. It's a great city worthy of some time, especially with all of the great museums and attractions along the lakefront in Grant Park.
Sadly, be aware that not far out of the downtown area there are some pretty dodgy neighborhoods, so it's just as important to know where NOT to go.
In northwestern Indiana, there's Indiana Dunes that you may want to check out.
I would recommend dropping south to Indianapolis and then head east across I-70.
Indianapolis has the White River State Park right downtown with the Zoo, NCAA Hall of Champions, an IMAX theater, and the very interesting Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art. Of course, there's also the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a world class Children's Museum, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
If you want to grab a steak in Indy, stop at St. Elmo Steakhouse, and Indy institution that's been in business for over 100 years. For some gourmet pizza, check out Bazbeaux Pizza in one of its three locations and, if you have a hankering for some German food, check out the Rathskeller.
I-70 parallels US 40, the National Road, and near Richmond, IN, there are a number of antique shops if that's your thing.
Dayton offers the US Air Force Aviation Museum.
Eastern Ohio has an Amish presence that you can see and Pittsburgh is an interesting town with a revitalized downtown area. PNC Park, where the Pirates play, is a very nice place to catch a game if you happen to be in town at the right time.
Just outside of Pittsburgh near Mill Run, PA is Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic home, "Fallingwater." If you choose to visit it, make online reservations for a tour time in advance.
Not far from Somerset, PA is the Flight 93 National Memorial.
Of course, there's Gettysburg and Lancaster County (more Amish) in southeastern PA.
Enjoy your trip and safe travels.
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