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Any advice for driving (car convoying with 16' moving truck) from Seattle to Milwaukee? We are moving, not vacationing, so long days with minimal stops are a given, and looking for tips for realistic timeline, places to stay (or avoid). We're leaving next week Tuesday. Thanks!

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I have not done a trip in this part of the country when I was driving.  My parents did drive us from Milwaukee to the Badlands and Black Hills, in 1948 when I was 10, but I don't think that counts. :) 

It looks from the maps like the shortest way to go (1971 miles - 29 hours) is just to take I-90 from Seattle through Spokane, BozemanRapid CityLa Crosse (Wisconsin) and Madison to Milwaukee

The only problem I can see with the truck would be the mountains between Seattle and Spokane, but I don't see any way to avoid them.  None of the cities that you go through seem to be big enough to cause a problem with traffic or with the two vehicles getting separated. 

(I have driven extensively when transiting between duty stations where we were driving two vehicles.  My advice on this is - the second vehicle should follow the first vehicle as closely as possible even when the person in the second vehicle thinks the first vehicle has taken a wrong turn, because it isn't really safe for the person in the first vehicle to keep looking behind to see if the second vehicle is there. The second vehicle's job is to follow regardless.)

As for the distance per day - if you drive 10 hours you will have two stops.  I'm going to suggest Bozeman for the first day because most of the time when I am packing and leaving, I don't get off first thing in the morning.  If you are more organized than I am, you could go on to Billings

The next leg from Bozeman to Rapid City would be 13-14 hours.  You will be going through the Black Hills and the Badlands, and there aren't many places to stay there.  If you wanted to stop before Rapid City there is a Best Western Graham's in Murdo and Quality Inn in Oacoma.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Seattle (city)
  2. Spokane (attraction)
  3. Bozeman (attraction)
  4. Rapid City (city)
  5. La Crosse (Wisconsin) (attraction)
  6. Madison (city)
  7. Milwaukee (city)
  8. Billings (city)
  9. Best Western Graham's (hotel)
  10. Quality Inn (hotel)

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