In a few hours, my family and I will be driving towards Chicago for our vacation, with plenty of stops on the way. This is my first time to Chicago so I'm excited. But it's a 12 hour drive and we did briefly consider whether flying would be a better idea, before stomping on that option after looking at the flight rates. But we like driving much better anyways, so after using Roadtrippers extensively to chalk out our plan, we are ready.
Speaking of Roadtrippers, if you guys haven't used this site before, you should give it a try. This is not just my first trip to Chicago, it's also my first trip on the road inland beyond West Virginia. So I really did not know what places we could check out on the road, and we were planning to split the 12 hour drive over two days. It was a ton a fun playing with this site and allowing it to give you suggestions based on some filters you liked, such as Nature, Attractions, etc. Below is the map I made for the trip. (Note that Roadtrippers did not ask me to advertise for them, I just like this site so much that this is all just me gushing).
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