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scotty4lsu
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Baton Rouge area
Member since Sep 2008
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5 days - Chicago to Houston
Hello Everyone. My family (wife and teen age children) and I have an event in Chicago one weekend, followed by another one in Houston the next weekend. We are driving, and looking for fun things to do between Chicago and Houston Monday through Friday.

Currently considering Branson or Eureka Springs.

Where would you go? Recommendations?

Thanks.....



Got Blaze
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Youngsville
Member since Dec 2013
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re: 5 days - Chicago to Houston
CHI to STL is 5 hours ... eat good groceries, catch a BB game if the Cards are in town, visit the arch and go inside

STL to Memphis is 4.5 hrs .... visit Peabody Hotel (ducks), BBQ, Beale Street, visit Graceland, Sun Studios

Memphis to DAL is 7 hrs ... Rangers BB game, great food, SeaLife Aquarium, LegoLand, JFK Book Depository tour

then drive to 4 hrs HOU



scotty4lsu
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge area
Member since Sep 2008
55 posts

re: 5 days - Chicago to Houston
Thanks for the suggestions Got Blaze. The kids have their hopes up for lakes, mountains, amusement parks, etc. But I am now checking out STL, Memphis, and Dallas to see what else is there. We have been to Memphis and done Graceland and Beale St. My wife and I did that one without the kids, had a great time.
This post was edited on 7/21 at 6:13 pm


GeauxHouston
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re: 5 days - Chicago to Houston
Six flags in Dallas is fun, so are Rangers games!


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HoustonGumbeauxGuy
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re: 5 days - Chicago to Houston
Pigeon Forge
Big Cedar Lodge


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JPinLondon
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not in London
Member since Nov 2006
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re: 5 days - Chicago to Houston
If you can detour to one or both of these, I HIGHLY recommend it:

- Scenic Hwy. 7 in Arkansas, from Bull Shoals Lake / Diamond City to either Russellville or Hot Springs (the northern end is not all that far from Branson)

- Talimena Scenic Drive (Byway) from Mena, Arkansas to Talihina, Oklahoma - runs through the highest range between the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains!

You will thank me, if you take one (or both) of these!


dirtsandwich
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AL
Member since May 2016
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re: 5 days - Chicago to Houston
I’d look at St Louis (seems like a no brainer) then Hot Springs or something in that area. Breaks the drive into thirds.

And lots of outdoors stuff to do around Hot Springs. Maybe rent a houseboat? Not sure of the lake but I saw something on line not long ago when looking for stuff to do within an easy drive of Little Rock.



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scotty4lsu
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge area
Member since Sep 2008
55 posts

re: 5 days - Chicago to Houston
Thank you all.....this is solid info!! I knew the TD Travel board would come through!

Headed back to google maps to check it all out!


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scotty4lsu
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge area
Member since Sep 2008
55 posts

re: 5 days - Chicago to Houston
I thought I would take a few minutes to share info on this trip just in case anyone else is looking for advice on travel to these areas.

We ended up spending most of the week in Branson. We didnt do much on Monday and Friday, they were primarily driving days. We definitely had a great time. Beautiful scenery for us flat-landers. Some of the highlights:
- stayed in a condo with a lake view at Indian Point (very close to Silver Dollar City)
- spent 1 full day in Silver Dollar City...lots of fun, several cool roller coasters, great shows, and the Marvel Cavern tour inside the park was fun and memorable.
- attended the Dixie Stampede one evening in Branson. Lots of fun, entertaining, great variety, and good food.
- went to see Rick Thomas, an "Illusionist". It was a great show. Rick works very hard and puts alot into the show. Very enjoyable experience, and lasted longer than I had expected, and that was a good thing. One of my sons is really into this stuff, the whole family enjoyed the show.
- rented a pontoon on Table Rock Lake and spent half a day boating, swimming, and jumping off of bluffs. Boated our way into Northern Arkansas, lots of beautiful scenery, cliffs, mountain views, etc.
- spent a few hours on the main strip. My wife and daughters went to the Titanic Museum while me and the boys went and rode go-karts and other "guy stuff".
- spent a few hours at Branson landing...this was ok, but not great. Lots of typical shops and restaurants. Not a bad experience, but not one of our favorites either.

While in Chicago, we did the Navy Pier, Willis Tower, and the architectural boat tour in downtown Chicago. The boat tour was easily the highlight of the trip...the kids thought so too.

thanks again for the help and advice. we really only had 3 full days to do stuff, and will bookmark all of your ideas for the next trip to that part of the US.
This post was edited on 8/6 at 8:32 pm


JPinLondon
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not in London
Member since Nov 2006
4923 posts

re: 5 days - Chicago to Houston
thanks for the u/d. I was looking at this thread yesterday, hoping for one. I really feel that part of the country, from NW Arkansas to SW Missouri, is highly underrated.


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