So we’re going on this road trip. Sarah told you about it a few weeks ago. We took all your advice about where to go, along with the advice of everyone who’d let us bend their ear in the last month, mixed it a big pot, let it simmer for a few days, and came up with this:
→ Iowa City
→ Mississipi River
→ Apostle Islands/Lake Superior
→ Upper Peninsula
→ Mackinac Island
→ Sault Ste Marie
→ Sudbury, Ontario
→ Quebec City
→ Lake Champlain, Vermont
→ Adirondack Mountains
→ Niagara Falls
→ Ypsilanti, Michigan
All in 17 days. Sound insane? It may be.
In actuality, the trip will likely pan out in a way substantially different from how we’ve mapped it. Plans, mice, men, and all that. These are rough touchstones of the areas of the country we’d like to see. We’re going into this with a heavy dose of flexibility, completely willing to change direction and duration as it comes to us, as long as we get back home before a certain somebody’s vacation days run out.
The destination most likely to go is Quebec City. It’s five hours out of the way, round-trip. On the other hand, we hear it’s gorgeous, and it’s only five hours out of the way, round-trip. Similarly high up for elimination is Niagara Falls, which is only on the list because it’s a easy spot between the Adirondacks and Pittsburgh, and apparently Superman visits there. But neither of us are the touristy, faux-romantic (fauxmantic?) types.
Nailing down this path was tough. My thought was it’d be the toughest decision of the trip, but now, of course, we’re facing hundreds of more decisions about where to stay, what to see, where to eat, etc. It’s enough to make a guy’s circuits go haywire.
So, help us out? Ever been to any of the above places, or traveled the routes between? Got any recommendations about where to go? The travel books are thick, and we don’t care to sort through them all, so we’re likely to give high priority to a trusted recommendation. Particular categories we’re interested in:
— Hotels/motels/guest rooms
— Ice cream shoppes
— Swimming holes
— Offbeat museums
— Mini-golf courses
One more thing: we’re going to have to take interstates (and interprovinces) if we want to finish this trip before October, but it doesn’t mean we have to like it. If you’ve got a particular stretch of two-lane highway you think is worth taking, point it out. The fewer semi-trucks and Cracker Barrels, the better.