There's a chance my wife might go to a 4 day conference next year (summertime) in Kansas city, Missouri. She suggested us taking 2 weeks and take the camper with us and make a vacation out of it. It will be from like a Thursday to a Sunday. I'm thinking of leaving the previous Saturday and arrive there to Kansas City on Wednesday. So that's about 5 days to get there and see some things. And then leave on Monday (after conference) and get back home the following Saturday or Sunday (6 or 7 days).
Here's what I came up with so far.
Saturday (Nashville, TN)
Sunday (Nashville, TN)
Monday (Nashville - St Louis, MO)
Tuesday (St Louis, MO)
Wednesday (St Louis, MO - Kansas City, MO)
Thursday (Conference @ Kansas City, MO)
Friday (Conference @ Kansas City, MO)
Saturday (Conference @ Kansas City, MO)
Sunday (Conference @ Kansas City, MO)
After this it's open for about a week to end up back at home. I'm torn on heading northeast or heading south and then back east. I've thought of hitting Texas or hitting Michigan. I'm leaning more towards heading to Texas and see Dallas and/or San Antonio and then head home. It may be just Dallas and then over to New Orleans and then over that way. Or we could head straight to New Orleans and ride the coast and then back up.
Those cities you mentioned are quite hot in the summer. Summer is hot everywhere but with all that concrete and traffic it makes it moreso and those cities see triple digits in the summer. TX and LA are heavy-humid which makes it worse. Road rage is a real issue in those conditions because as we all know, as the temperatures rise do does the blood pressure. Unless you absolutely love that kind of weather wait for fall, winter, or spring to see those places.
Personally we'd swing north on I-29 to Omaha and the Strategic Air and Space Museum http://www.sacmuseum.org/. Then over to Amish country and take in Lehman's. Then head south again through the mountains where it's cooler than Dallas/Ft. Worth or San Antone. We like to relax and enjoy good food on our trips. The rural areas of Amish country and Nebraska have both.
If you're really wanting to see DFW and SA, do it in winter, spring or fall. Spring is very nice down south. While you're in KC/MO don't forget some of the BBQ places that have the best Q in the country.
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When you make it to St Louis and if you like italian food, make sure to hit "The Hill". Lots of great authentic italian restaurants, and make sure you save room for some Ted Drewes frozen custard. If you're into really obscure roadside sights, Collinsville, IL has the worlds largest ketchup bottle.
You might check out Fall Creek Falls SP (TN) for part of your trip. Amazing scenery and fabulous amenities. Definitely worth a night or two. Memphis is certainly interesting. Arkansas has some beautiful scenery as well. Eureka Springs is a really neat town.
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