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Old 08-04-2017, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Chicago is dangerous if you go into certain parts of the city actively looking for trouble. Same goes for any big city in the world. The lakeshore and museum areas are quite safe for tourism purposes.
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Old 08-04-2017, 08:59 AM
 
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14 hours for a 2- 3 day trip?!!? God help you. With little babies? OMG.

I'd also think you would have difficulty finding hotel accommodations for next week.

How about the beach. Nice ones in SC and NC. Mountains. Nice ones in NC Ashville, NC? Raleigh, NC?

How about getting somebody to watch the kids, go out to a nuce resort, take the wife out for a spectacular dinner. Then spend a couple of days locked up in the room. BOTH of you be happier and feel 'special'.
We plan to extend that to a maximum of 4 day trip. Going by car rather than flight makes it easier to be flexible.

We are in the beach. So prefer other locations. We prefer to go to Mountains during fall. Been to Raleigh, DC, New York, Boston several times. Also we prefer to travel south during winter.

So prefer somewhere in the inland and North.
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Old 08-04-2017, 09:34 AM
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Location: SE WI
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If you are open to other places, then simply drive up through the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, cross the bridge to the UP, then up to Lake Superior, and back down through Wisconsin.


There is an endless amount of sights to see and things to do with that plan. You could also take the carferry across Lake Michigan (Manitowoc to Ludington) and drive back that way. Then you could avoid Chicago.
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Old 08-04-2017, 09:39 AM
 
Location: East Mt Airy, Philadelphia
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Too dangerous
Too long a drive, yes. Too dangerous, no There's crime here, but the places that tourists would go are safe. Just like with any large city, have just a small smackerel of street smarts and you'll be OK.
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Old 08-04-2017, 11:01 AM
 
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Kentucky! See the Kentucky Horse Park, the Bluegrass thoroughbred horse farms, Shakertown (go for the riverboat ride), Kentucky Down Under (Australian animals on the surface, beautiful small cave just below), Mammoth Cave, the Corvette Museum, Lincoln's birthplace, and more. Lots of weekend festivals underway in Kentucky in August, too.

Ever pet a kangaroo? (well, they're really wallabies, but close enough..). Great child-friendly fun.
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Old 08-04-2017, 12:34 PM
 
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I just can't imagine anyone going to Chicago for a vacation. It's one of the most dangerous cities in the US. I have lots of suggestions, but apparently you like big cities, and I have yet to find a big city worth traveling to, especially for a vacation.
Chicago is great for a vacation. There are several VERY bad/dangerous neighborhoods, but those are absolutely nowhere near where tourists would have any reason to go. It's a fun, vibrant, interesting city, and I would not discourage anyone from visiting. Ditto for Washington DC or New York - there are dangerous areas but you're simply not going to wander into them when doing normal touristy things.
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Old 08-04-2017, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Austin
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I am considering two options travelling from my home in South Carolina to

Option 1 - Chicago

Option 2 - Pittsburgh - (If possible from Pittsburgh to Cleveland - Detroit / Lake Erie)

and be back.

Please advise what would be a good option.
Wow! Shocking.

Those two would never make my list. Do you only consider big cities?
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Old 08-04-2017, 05:20 PM
 
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Wow! Shocking.

Those two would never make my list. Do you only consider big cities?
What would make your list?
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Old 08-04-2017, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Austin
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For a summer trip from SC, I would go to Maine and explore the small towns on the coast such as Kennebunkport. It's a long drive but it's cool and beautiful.
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Old 08-04-2017, 06:45 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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2 day road trip with a baby and a toddler? Myrtle Beach is your answer
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