I would like your advice on our planned road trip. We are travelling from Boston to Chicago over 8 days in late September. There is my husband and I in our early 50’s and our 16 year old son. We are travelling from Australia and by this stage will have visited Hawaii, Washington DC and NY as well as enjoying what Boston has to offer. After Chicago we spend 2 days in LA before returning home. We have booked our car. We like nature (but not too strenuous), markets, cars, history. Our plan so far is –
Day 1 Pick up car in Boston and drive to Saratoga Springs (or ?Albany)
Day 2 Drive to Ithaca
Day 3 Drive to Niagara Falls, Canada. This is the only place where we have booked accommodation.
Day 4 Drive to Cleveland and stay 2 nights. There looks to be a lot to do in the city and surrounds.
Day 6 Drive to Walnut Creek and explore the Amish lifestyle
Day 7 Drive to Dearborn (Henry Ford museum) – possibly stay 2 nights or 1 night and then stay ??? Indiana Dunes State Park
Day 9 Arrive Chicago
We would like to know if there are other places we shouldn’t miss or better alternatives to what we have put together. We have looked at what to do at each place and there seems to be activities that will interest us. We are happy to drive and are used to driving long distances in Australia (albeit on the opposite side of the road!) but we want to spend time looking around, not just driving. Also, any tips re: tolls etc. We tend to like to have a plan rather than take pot luck.
We are very excited and look forward to hearing your advice.