My husband, I and our three children 8,12,15 are planning a 2 week trip out west in the beginning of July 2008 beginning from North East Ohio. Right now, our plan is to rent an RV and follow I-90 to Chicago (American Girl Place - just looking can't afford to buy). Then we will head to the Badlands, S.D., Mt. Rushmore and stay at a campground in the Black Hills. The we will visit with friends that live in Jackson Hole, Wy. Then we plan on traveling to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and return to Ohio with a stop in Dillon, Co and the gateway Arch in St. Louis.
Okay grand plans I know, but I'm looking for some advice on what to see along the way and any other travel advice. This is our first trip out west (and possibly the last) so we want to make a memorable one. We will be staying at a few campgrounds and hope to stay at Walmarts for those quick - not much to see here sections of the trip. We like to hike, sight see and take family adventures.