We made it back to Missouri and had family visiting for an extra week. We enjoyed our trip and time together with the exception of all the rain.
If you are thinking of taking a long trip, you might want to consider renting an RV. We used www.cruiseamerica.com. They were wonderful to work with! We also stayed at a KOA campground on the way to Missouri. It was wonderful. We arrived late, but our reservation and check in info was in a late arrival box with all the information we needed. We actually used their bath house to take showers. It was so clean! I was thoroughly impressed with everything. Their management was friendly and helpful the next morning, also!
By the time you think about getting a 2 hotel rooms for four nights, travel and all that it entails, it is a little more expensive. But you are sleeping on your sheets, and your family is together. The kids were also able to play board games, while others took naps comfortably on a bed, instead of getting a crick in their neck by sleeping sitting up.