Unique spring break trip help

5:45 p.m. on March 6, 2011 (EST)
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So my wife is a teacher and her spring break is in 3 weeks! I was trying to convince her to take a 3 day trip to pictured rocks NP in the UP but she fears it would be to cold for her.

I am basically looking for a decent weather (40 degree nights) place that we can camp or do a hike in. Ideally showers would be nice for her as she really is a girly girl!!

We live in Chicago and I would think 12 hours would be our max driving distance.

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!



10:00 p.m. on March 6, 2011 (EST)
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Temperature Mean Temperature 59 °F - Max Temperature  77 °F

40 degree nights might be a reach. I would look into renting a little rustic cabin for the long weekend and doing some day hikes. If she has never been camping before, don't make her first trip a bad one. Ease her into it with the cabin and work your way up to the tent/back-country camping.


Just over 8 hours drive

Chicago, IL

1.Head south on S Federal St toward W Van Buren St 0.2 mi

2.Turn right at W Congress Pkwy 0.6 mi

3.Take the I-90 E/I-94 W exit toward Indiana 0.8 mi

4.Merge onto I-90 E/I-94 E 0.8 mi

5.Take exit 53 to merge onto I-55 S toward St Louis 201 mi

6.Continue onto I-72 W 62.2 mi

7.Take exit 35 for US-54/IL-107 toward Griggsville/Pittsfield 0.2 mi

8.Turn left at IL-107 S/US-54 W Continue to follow US-54 W 5.3 mi

9.Turn right at US-54 W/E Washington St Continue to follow US-54 W Entering Missouri 55.5 mi

10.Turn left at MO-19 S/US-54 W 8.1 mi

11.Turn right at US-54 W 10.5 mi

12.Turn left to stay on US-54 W 110 mi

13.Turn left at Lake Rd 54-79 0.1 mi

14.Take the 1st right to stay on Lake Rd 54-79 0.9 mi

15.Take the 2nd right onto 54-79T-1 0.1 mi

16.Slight right at 54-79Tf 36 ft

17.Take the 1st right onto 54-79 Te 0.3 mi

10:42 p.m. on March 6, 2011 (EST)
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HOt Springs National Park Arkansas  Minimun temp daytime is 50  nights 40 thats late March..Their just above Texas pan handle.. 10-13 hour drive from Chicago ILL. But I would go with Big Smokes it would get me out of the car faster and I like seeing new sights...Just options for you..

10:18 a.m. on March 7, 2011 (EST)
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both are really good options, thanks for the info guys.


i was doing a bit of research on Big Smokes place and never even realized the Ozark "Mountains" were there!


Lots to do it seems, kayaking, mountain biking (which my wife LOVES) and even a bit of a backpacking adventure if she is up for it...  And the best of all is we can do this pretty cost effective!


Wonderful help guys!

11:26 a.m. on March 7, 2011 (EST)
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You could also look into the Jefferson, George Washington, and Shenandoah National Parks and Forests in the Virginia Applachian region. That would be about a 10-12 hour drive, depending on where you went.

Shenandoah has everything from backcountry, car camping, Rustic cabins, and resort rooms.


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