I'm heading cross country next year from NYC in July, and do not want to bypass the beauty of the midwest and the prairie states. I'd appreciate any recommendations from you guys about good routes to use in crossing from east to west across Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and/or Nebraska. I'm open to several paths, as long as they go mostly from east to west, and avoid for the most part the interstates. I don't mind using the interstates to connect from one good route to another, and to bypass urban or other congested areas.
Any advice from you , the locals in these areas, would be very much appreciated.