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Planning Central US trip during September

MichaelColey

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What types of things are the wanting to see and do?
You will see from my previous replies, we have travelled much of the USA. Mainly, we like sightseeing (scenery) and experiencing the different local cultures. We don't like to sit on an Insterstate for hours, just to say we've been there. For example, we loved Monument Valley, which took us an age to get through. And last year , we did Route 66 from Santa Fe (NM) to Santa Monica, which took us the best part of 12 days. Hope I've given you a feel for what we like.

Trevor

Perfect explanation. And that's exactly why I asked. There's so many different things to focus on when you travel -- scenery, sporting events, shopping, theme parks, hiking/outdoors, museums, historical sites, food, etc. Knowing what you're interested in helps give better suggestions.

While there are many Midwest locations I would recommend for shopping (Chicago, Mall of America, etc.), theme parks (Sandusky), hiking/outdoors (all over!), museums (Chicago, St. Louis), historical sites (Mississippi River and more), and food (Chicago!), I can't think of any scenic sites that would compare to Monument Valley or the Rockies. I'm sure there are some, but that's seldom our focus when we travel, so I don't have any to suggest.

From Chicago, you would be at the other end of Route 66, so that might be interesting to you, but that drive through Illinois is anything but scenic (corn field, corn field, corn field, exit that goes nowhere, corn field, corn field, corn field, exit that goes nowhere).
 

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Chicago is fun. I live here. Architecture, arts, culture, food, beach, Navy Pier, SHOPPING, museums galore, boating/sailing on Lake Michigan--just all around best city in the world in terms of modern skyscrapers, city planning and architecture. Highly recommend the Architectural boat tour out of Navy Pier.

As for the surrounding areas, other posters have given great ideas. Wisconsin for outdoor adventures, Michigan for Mackinac Island and Traverse City, St. Louis, Missouri has interesting features as well.
 
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To everyone. I'm gobsmacked by all the replies to my question ( via my friend). I appreciate so much the time you folks have given to my question, and the help you have all given me. So many pointers !

So it's onwards to the drawing board as to what we do on our visit. It is looking like the starting place is definitely Chicago. Whilst we have been there before, we loved it. That won't be a hardship going back.

My wife and I love the USA, and the American people. Which is why we bought into WorldMark a few years back now, and making good use of it!

Thank you all very much.
 

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To everyone. I'm gobsmacked by all the replies to my question ( via my friend). I appreciate so much the time you folks have given to my question, and the help you have all given me. So many pointers !

So it's onwards to the drawing board as to what we do on our visit. It is looking like the starting place is definitely Chicago. Whilst we have been there before, we loved it. That won't be a hardship going back.

My wife and I love the USA, and the American people. Which is why we bought into WorldMark a few years back now, and making good use of it!

Thank you all very much.

Really, we yanks appreciate the kind words.

We couldn't have done it without you! (Or with you :rolleyes:)
(Thats American sarcasm)
 
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