11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States holiday planner

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Detroit
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Chicago
— 3 nights
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Saint Louis
— 2 nights
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Louisville
— 2 nights
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Indianapolis
— 2 nights
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Cleveland
— 1 night
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Detroit

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts and then admire the striking features of The Guardian Building.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Detroit online itinerary planner.

Toronto, Canada to Detroit is an approximately 4-hour combination of ferry, flight, and bus. You can also drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Detroit are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Chicago.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums

Chicago

— 3 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): meet the residents at Lincoln Park Zoo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Millennium Park, and then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Reliance Building, then engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago online travel route planner.

You can fly from Detroit to Chicago in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Childrens Museums

Saint Louis

— 2 nights

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Saint Louis Zoo and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Missouri Botanical Garden, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then walk around Forest Park.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Saint Louis trip maker tool.

Getting from Chicago to Saint Louis by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. While traveling from Chicago, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Saint Louis, ranging from highs of 8°C to lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Louisville

— 2 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): savor the flavors at Food & Drink and then explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Louisville trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Saint Louis to Louisville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in Louisville are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Louisville

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Parks · Nature

Indianapolis

— 2 nights

Circle City

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, then contemplate the long history of Indianapolis Museum of Art, and then stop by Rocket Fizz. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Indianapolis Zoo and then catch the contagious excitement of Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Indianapolis online holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Indianapolis takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Louisville in December, expect Indianapolis to be a bit cooler, temps between 5°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Cleveland.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Cleveland

— 1 night

Forest City

A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): examine the collection at A Christmas Story House and then explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cleveland trip planner.

You can fly from Indianapolis to Cleveland in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Cleveland, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

Kentucky travel guide

4.5
Caves · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.

Ohio travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Casinos · Water Parks
The Buckeye State
Nicknamed the "Heart of It All" because of its heart-like shape, Ohio is perhaps best described as a mosaic of big cities and small towns, with vast tracts of farmland in between. Always a major industrial and political player in the country, the state was the home to eight American presidents and the Wright brothers, inventors of the airplane. The first man to walk on the Moon came from Ohio, as did 23 other astronauts. More than just an overachiever in science, industry, and politics, the state is also a serious holiday destination, featuring both traditional Amish farms and bustling cities with a great selection of things to do.