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Labor Day Weekend Road Trip: Four days, five states, 2,500 miles

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Well, Silly Americans it is Labor Day weekend here in the United States of America and I have been blessed with four days off from work in a row. And that can only mean one thing: a LABOR DAY WEEKEND ROAD TRIP!

I’m packing up my car for the long holiday weekend and driving to Mount Rushmore and back! Can you believe I have never before seen those four giant presidents carved into the side of a rock live and in person ever before? It’s my dream come true and a dream road trip for any Silly American adventurer!

Don’t worry — Mount Rushmore isn’t the only site I plan to see on this adventure! I have a fully packed road trip itinerary including monuments, tourist traps, and roadside attractions (including Crazy Horse, Carhenge, Wall Drug, and Flintstone Bedrock City just to name a few) and have mapped out everywhere on the route that I hope to go to.

We’re taking I-90 the whole way there (through Wisconsin and Minnesota) and I-80 the whole way back (through Nebraska and Iowa). There will surely be plenty of roadside attractions and other silly sites to check out on our four-day road trip to Mount Rushmore from Chicago (and back! Check out the map below to see what those stops will hopefully include.

Labor Day Weekend Road Trip Map

OK, so maybe that Labor Day Weekend road trip itinerary is a bit ambitious. But I always find it better to over plan than to under plan! I know I won’t be able to see EVERYTHING I want, so let’s see how many midwestern roadside attractions I can see in four days, five states, and 2,500 miles…

Catch you on the flip side of my South Dakota vacation with plenty of photos from Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa!

Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

Val also blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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