I'm pretty darn excited about something that we've been waiting on... VACATION! Ryan and I set a goal to see all 50 states with the kids when Landry was born. We really want them to enjoy the art of the family road trip and all the crazy that entails! Usually we drive to one singular destination and check off states on the way, so this year marks our first road trip where we stop and see lots of things along the way.
Hopefully we will have better luck than Clark...
Our big destination is Chicago where we will spend two full days enjoying the sites, sounds, eats and treats of the windy city! Here's our plan along the way...
Holly just made the trek to Tennessee with her family and they stopped in Hot Springs to tour the Garvan Gardens and Anthony Chapel. Since it's only 4 hours from Memphis, we are making a tiny detour on our route to do the same. How stunning is this chapel?
We actually can't decide what we should do in Memphis. Mud Island sounds like fun but we want to get on the road since we still have a long drive ahead. We toured a bit of Memphis last spring break and we can certainly go back, so we may just enjoy dinner on Beale Street and then hit the road early the next morning.
Goodness, so much to do here! Plans include: Wrigley Field, Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park, Giodarno's, Garrett's Popcorn and anything else we can fit in! Ryan and I visited Chicago a few years ago for his birthday and just couldn't wait to take the kids!
When you're from Texas, a small road trip is nothing new, so the less-than-two-hour drive to South Bend will be a great way to check off Indiana AND walk around Notre Dame. I LOVE visiting college campuses and this is one of the most beautiful there is! We will leave after breakfast, make it in time for a morning walk through campus, enjoy a quick lunch and then head back for one more night in Chicago (and hopefully have naps in the car)!
We will head back through Missouri with our destinations being the St. Louis Zoo and the Arch. The drive back to Texas is pretty long from here... so we shall see if we make it in one day.
Since we will be tired and broke by the last leg of our trip - our only plans here are to stop at the nation's largest McDonald's because #merica.
By the end of the week, the kids should have four new states to cross off our list! I have big plans for some in car entertainment of US coloring pages, books on tape and sleep. Haha - wish us luck!
So tell us, what are you waiting for?!?!