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Ashley asked

Spots to visit along road trip from NC to Badlands SD

My husband and I are taking our 6 year old and 6 month old girls on a road trip for three weeks in August. From Raleigh, NC to Badlands National Park in SD. Any interesting stops, like family friendly hikes, quirky spots, must see or do activities. We will be pulling a travel trailer so we are also looking for recommendations for RV Parks along the way. We have never done a road trip along this part of the US before so we are up for any and everything.

Raleigh (North Carolina) Badlands National Park (South Dakota)

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Hazel from Port St. Lucie
South Dakota is a beautiful state. This is a beautiful idea for a trip if the kids were older. I have been there many times. 1st stop Crazy Horse. It is extrodinary. Next visit MT. Rushmore. The highways are beautiful. Bear Butte is sacred.  There are many venues depending on your route.

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Thanks Hazel. We have only road tripped around California and Arizona. If you had three weeks and children our age, and were starting in NC-where would you go? Thanks for your input!
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Claudia from New York City
Hi Ashley,
How about this itinerary:
1. Drive from Raleigh to Walnut Creek Campground & Resort in Chillicothe, in Southern Ohio. It's about a 7-hour drive. Walnut Creek has 110 acres of rolling hills, creeks, and wildlife. If this isn't available, you have several other options as recommended by the Chillicothe visitors bureau.
Ross County and Chillicothe have 5 state parks and 120 miles of trails. Get more info from the official website. Check out Mighty Children's Museum, Chillicothe railroad museum, and Naz Vineyard and Winery.
2. Next stop: Koa Holiday Campground, Indianapolis , about a 3.5-hour drive. Things to do in Indianapolis: visit Indy Zoo, Children's Museum, and enjoy a gondola ride Venice-style starting at Fresco Cafe at Indiana Avenue.
3. Drive approximately 7 hours to La Crosse (Wisconsin) , WI, stay at Goose Island Campground, located 3 miles south of La Crosse on the Mississippi River. Enjoy beautiful sunsets, hiking, and fishing at the camping site. Things to do in La Crosse: visit historic downtown La Crosse, walk on the Riverside Park, and take the La Crosse sightseeing cruise on the Mississippi River. 
4. Next stop: Cedar Pass RV campground in Badlands National Park , about an 8-hour drive from La Crosse. If this trip is too long, you may want to stop at a halfway point like Sioux Falls , SD (4.5-hour drive from La Crosse). Stay at the KOA Journey Campground, only 20 minutes from the Wild Water West waterpark. Kids may enjoy the waterpark.
Note: Remember to reserve the campsites in advance.

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