- Don't know what your plans are at this point; nonetheless a few maybe helpful additions here, to the excellent ones already posted.
- Chicago: (just returned from there and nyc) The Art Institute definitely! one evening (Thursday?) is p.w.y.c. nearby is Miller's Bar on Wabash; a slightly grubby, classy vintage celebrity watering hole/restaurant.
- Billings, Montana: Surprisingly large, active city. Historic downtown, somewhat 'gentrified' but at least intact. Had a superb meal in a Greek restaurant there, for pennies. Some fabulous neon signage as well.
- You should have NO PROBLEM renting a car in either Fargo, North Dakota, or Billings. In Montana they like their vehicles BIG!
- North Dakota is strikingly beautiful and invigorating.
- Seattle: Hit the SAM (Seattle Art Museum) as well. Just down the street from the Pike Market, on Alaskan Way (1- rst. St.)...Don't visit the Market itself too late in the day; mid- afternoon or earlier in the day is best.
- Amtrak has some excellent travel packages for train journeys covering specific zones and times. Remember that you will be crossing the 'Great Divide' going either direction between Chi and Sea; as such you would want to pass thru the mountains running thru Mon and Wyo in the daylight hours, obviously (if possible).
- Cheers, Kevin