Question by : What are good tourist stops along I-84 and I-80 between Boise, ID and Chicago, IL?
I’ll be driving to college with my mom from Boise, ID to Chicago. We want to get as much as possible from this trip, and take our time driving there so we are sure to see everything in between! Getting off of the highway is okay (almost preferred), but just not by more than an hour or so at very most. All we know for sure that we want to see right now are the Golden Stake and Mt. Rushmore! All historical sights, local favorites, state parks, etc. are welcome suggestions. We want to really get as much as possible out of this trip!
We’ll be taking I-84 E out of Boise and down through Southern Idaho and Northern Utah until the junction between I-84 and I-80 outside Echo, UT.
Then we’ll take I-80 through the rest of Northern Utah, up through Southern Wyoming, and all across Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois.
Please let us know any and all of your suggestions for places to stop! We have all the time in the world:) And we’ll be going in August, so the weather will be nice, so outside venues are absolutely perfect.
Answer by Omega Man
I-80 through Wyoming, Nebraska and Iowa is mind-numbingly dull. If you’re looking to see sights then you might want to scratch the interstate off the itinerary. A scenic alternate route would be to head up through northern Wyo, you can go thru or around yellowstone/teton if you’ve already been there. Just take the back roads up towards devils tower, then that will put you next to the black hills (Mt Rushmore). There is a lot to see around the black hills like Custer state park, deadwood, crazy horse etc. Then you can head into the Badlands, then cross the Missouri into Pierre or just hop onto I-90. Not a whole lot to see once you get into the flatlands but you can check out Madison and Milwaukee.
But seriously, I-80 is a very long snoozefest, it’s for getting you to your destination asap.
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