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Old 05-14-2012, 09:24 AM   #1
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So we are planning our yearly family trip back home to Illinois/Indiana. Normally we just try to make the trip as fast as possible but this time I want to at least stop and enjoy a few sights. Some things already on the list are the meteor crater near Winslow, AZ and the giant cross in Groom, TX. Any other suggestions along this category? I have a attached a link for the map of our exact route. So it would need to be pretty close to our path and fairly inexpensive...free is even better. I appreciate any suggestions!

http://www.google.com/maps?sad...&sz=10&via=1,2,3&z=5

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So we are planning our yearly family trip back home to Illinois/Indiana. Normally we just try to make the trip as fast as possible but this time I want to at least stop and enjoy a few sights. Some things already on the list are the meteor crater near Winslow, AZ and the giant cross in Groom, TX. Any other suggestions along this category? I have a attached a link for the map of our exact route. So it would need to be pretty close to our path and fairly inexpensive...free is even better. I appreciate any suggestions!

http://www.google.com/maps?sad...&sz=10&via=1,2,3&z=5
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Old 05-14-2012, 09:40 AM   #3
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The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge outside Lawton, Oklahoma is a great place to see. There are actual mountains in Oklahoma. Not big ones, but they are mountains. The refuge has all sorts of wildlife and a lot of lakes.

http://www.fws.gov/southwest/r...ma/wichitamountains/
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Old 05-14-2012, 10:08 AM   #4
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A stop in St. Louis to see the Gateway Arch might be worth it.
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Old 05-14-2012, 11:40 AM   #5
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Thanks guys....both great suggestions!
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Old 05-14-2012, 11:53 AM   #6
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What dates are you looking at?
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Leaving here on 25th of June and leaving Illinois/Indiana on the 5th of July.
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Old 05-14-2012, 02:16 PM   #8
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Kyle - Because the wife and I just love road trips, I submit the following:

Winslow (AZ) - The town itself is one quick photo op. Not only does Route 66 run through Winslow, it is also immortalized by the song title "Standing on The Corner in Winslow AZ". http://www.standinonthecorner.com/

If you and the family head east, on I-40, towards Albuquerque (NM) take I-25 north to Colorado City. Just outside Beulah (CO) , outside the San Isabel National Forest is an on going project called Bishop Castle. http://www.colorado-for-free.c...ado/BishopCastle.htm

Heading north to Colorado Springs, I would suggest Pike's Peak Cog Railroad http://cograilway.com/
Cave of the Winds
http://caveofthewinds.com/
Horseback riding through the Garden of the Gods
http://www.gardenofgods.com/parkinfo/
and 7 Falls around dusk and yes I have been to the top of those stairs when you open the link.
http://www.sevenfalls.com/home/index.cfm

Continuing north to Denver and off of I-76 check out the The Wild Animal Sanctuary.
http://www.wildanimalsanctuary.org/visitors/map.html

If you blow off The Wild Animal Sanctuary and continue north on I-25 to I-90 into SD you can check out SpearFish Canyon where Dances with Wolves was shot. It's a quaint little "tourist trap". http://visitspearfish.com/thingstodo/attractions/

Check out Custer State Park where you and the family can check out a couple of head of buffalo up close and personal. http://www.travelsd.com/Events/Buffalo-Roundup

Of course the famous Wall Drugs. http://walldrug.com/ Great Hamburgers!

Mount Rushmore is a must see! http://www.nps.gov/moru/index.htm

If you didn't mind clippin' north a little, Mall of America in Minneapolis and the Wisconsin Dells (Skeeter country)

Coming back, you can go west from Pueblo (CO) to Canon City and drive across the worlds highest suspension bridge at the Royal Gorge http://royalgorgebridge.com/

Keep going west on 50 and check out and make sure a meteor has not hit our property in Salida (CO). Go south from Poncha Springs through Poncha Pass to route 160 then west over the continental divide known as Wolf Creek Pass for a photo op. Then to Durango to Cortez and on to Four Corners for another photo op.

You'll have fun and I have more, but that should get you up to speed!
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Well we would always like to try to meet up with you when your in Missouri, if time permits. We are about 7 hours from Chicago area. Not sure what area your going to didn't read that far, sorry.
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Mammoth Cave should be interesting.
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