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Midwest, USA

Phase 2 #motherofallroadtrips: Midwest USA

Indiana > Kentucky > Illinois

8th August – 26th August

Total approximate miles: 678 miles (1,091 kilometres)

Total fuel: US$68.

We were part of a tour group, which coached us from Fort Wayne to Bloomington to Dubois County to Spencer County to Louisville. We paid fuel from Louisville to Indianapolis to Chicago. 

Phase two continues on our epic #motherofallroadtrips.

Our first phase had us touring Anne of Green Gables House, playing in mud and eating Beaver Tails in Eastern Canada.

The second phase was a much shorter timeframe with a more condensed itinerary that included the first theme park in the US, the world’s largest children’s museum and even meeting Santa Claus. 

 

Phase #2 – Midwest USA: 

Fort Wayne, Indiana 

8th– 11th August

Accommodation: Hilton Fort Wayne (check latest prices...)

After dropping off our rental car we spent the next few days discovering Fort Wayne’s children’s zoo, watched a theatre production (Mary Poppins), met the founder of Vera Bradley, explored ancestry, and scoped out the culinary scene before taking a coach to Bloomington. 

Bloomington, Indiana

11th – 14th August

Accommodation: Marriott Courtyard (check latest prices...)

We were in Bloomington for a travel conference so while I was busy with that, Josh and the kids took a few walks, played in the hotel pool and generally recuperated after our rapid tour of Fort Wayne. 

Chocolate Moose – dishing up walk-through ice cream since 1933

Dubois County, Indiana

14th – 15th August

Accommodation: Hampton Inn (check prices in area...)

After the conference we were took part in a group tour to Dubois County. The tour collected us in Bloomington and drove us down to Dubois County where we climbed on trains, saw cornmeal being made and enjoyed some of the finest food in the mid-west. 

Schnitzelbank in Jasper, IN – the best place for German food
Spirit of Jasper

Spencer County, Indiana

15th – 17th August

Accommodation: Santa Claus Hotel (check prices in area...)

Part of our tour included visiting Lincoln’s childhood home in Spencer County as well as a day at Holiday World, a giant theme park with America’s first launched wing rollercoaster. 

Thunderbird - 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds

Louisville, Kentucky

17th – 21st August

Accommodation: Galt House (check latest prices...)

Not far from Spencer County is Louisville, which is where our group tour ended. We picked up another hire car and took up residence in Galt House for 4 nights to explore the home of the famous Kentucky Derby, Muhammad Ali, and the Louisville Slugger baseball bat factory.

Read 7 Things To Do With Kids In Louisville, Kentucky. 

Galt House

Indianapolis, Indiana

21st August

It was time to say goodbye to Louisville and we drove our rental car from Louisville to Chicago.

During this drive we were passed through Indianapolis, which houses the world’s largest children’s museum. We could not resist the opportunity and spent the majority of our day running after our kids in this museum. 

Art installation in atrium of museum

Finally we hit the road again and reached Chicago after dinner. 

Chicago, Illinois

21st – 26th August

Accommodation: Friend’s house (check prices in area...)

Chicago was a big surprise (in a pleasant way). There was so much to do and we were on the go constantly. Red Sox baseball game, pizza tour, breakfast on top of the Willis Tower, stand-up comedy, Navy Pier, and more. 5 nights was nowhere near enough time. 

Red Sox vs White Sox

On the 26th we spent the day relaxing and packing. After 2 months road tripping we were forced to surrender some of the items we had picked up so we could board our upcoming flight without extra weight charges.

That evening we flew out of Chicago, had a 1-hour stopover in Salt Lake City, Utah and then arrived very late in Portland, Oregon.

Phase 3 of our #motherofallroadtrips was about to dawn, which covered one of our favourite regions in the world – the Pacific Northwest.

 

Join us for Phase 3 #motherofallroadtrips: Pacific Northwest, USA.

Or head back to Phase 1 for Eastern Canada

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