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best nature sites between Nashville and Milwaukee

We are senior citizens with lots of travel experience. Mostly nature interests but not able to hike. Need some input on our route that will be helpful.


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answered by
John from Chicago
Hi Carol, since you mentioned you prefer smaller roads, you could take Lake Shore Drive through Chicago and Evanston along the lakefront. It's scenic, but you go through the city.
If you're looking to avoid city traffic completely, a great alternative to the Chicago Botanic Garden would be the Morton Arboretum. That makes sense if you're bypassing downtown Chicago and staying on less busy suburban roads.
If you want to avoid highways from there, most people would take either US-53 or US-83 to go north on local roads that are still fast with fewer stoplights.

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John from Chicago
Before you reach Milwaukee, I would highly recommend you stop at the Chicago Botanic Garden. It's perfect since you'll probably be driving up I-94 anyway.
If you get lucky with timing, you'll catch lots of flowers in bloom (assuming we actually stop snowing in Chicago).
https://www.chicagobotanic.org/
Chicago also has world class museums if you decide to stop in the city. The Field Museum of Natural History might be interesting to you.
Another stop would be the Indiana Dunes State Park (Dunes Nature Preserve), though there's not as much to see there without hiking.
Maybe also explore Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis since you'll go right past it.
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