Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Two week Midwest camping trip

I like to plan vacations and trips. Here is a two-week trip from central Illinois or eastern Missouri to various state parks and historic sites in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. If you start on a Friday driving to Giant City State Park you would get home on a Sunday. I think a family of four could easily do this vacation for under $1,000. It's inexpensive because the plan calls for 12 nights of camping and only 4 nights spent in motels.

Day 1: Drive down to Giant City.

Nights 1 and 2 at: Giant City State Park [CAMPING]

Day 2 at: Giant City State Park

Day 3 at: Ferne Clyffe State Park

Night 3 at: Garden of the Gods Recreation Area [CAMPING]

Day 4 at: Henderson Kentucky John James Audubon State Park

Nights 4 & 5 at: Abraham Lincoln State Park [CAMPING]

Day 5 at: Holiday World at Santa Claus, Indiana

Day 6 at: Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home

Day 6 at: Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

Day 6 at: Knob Creek, Kentucky (Abraham Lincoln Boyhood)

Night 6 at: Louisville, Kentucky [MOTEL]

Day 7 at: Louisville, Kentucky

Night 7 at: Clifty Falls State Park, Indiana [CAMPING]

Day 8 at: Madison, Indiana (Lanier Mansion)

Day 8 at: Vevay, Indiana

Day 8 at: Cincinnati, Ohio

Night 8 at: Cincinnati, Ohio [MOTEL]

Day 9 at: Serpent Mound State Memorial near Locust Grove, Ohio

Day 9 at: Fort Hill State Memorial near Sinking Spring, Ohio

Day 9 at: Cave Canyon Nature Preserve near Bainbridge, Ohio

Day 9 at: Adena State Memorial in Chillicothe, Ohio

Night 9 at: Chillicothe, Ohio [MOTEL]

Day 10 at: Hopewell Culture National Historic Park in Chillicothe, Ohio

Day 10 at: Rock House near Gibisonville, Ohio

Day 10 at: Cantwell Cliffs near Gibisonville, Ohio

Night 10 & 11 at: Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio [CAMPING]

Day 11 at: Hocking Hills area parks.

Day 12 at: Columbus, Ohio

Night 12 at: John Bryan State Park, Ohio [CAMPING]

Day 13 at: Xenia, Ohio

Day 13 at: Dayton, Ohio

Night 13 at: Toledo, Ohio [MOTEL]

Day 14 at: Toledo, Ohio

Night 14 at: Chain o’Lakes State Park, Indiana [CAMPING]

Day 15 at: South Bend, Indiana

Night 15 at: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore [CAMPING]

Day 16 at: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Night 16 at: Starved Rock State Park, Illinois [CAMPING]

Day 17: Return home.

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