12 days in United States Itinerary

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City of Bridges

Known primarily for its steel-related heritage and 446 bridges, Pittsburgh sits at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which meet to form the Ohio River.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Southern Pennsylvania World War II Memorial, admire the natural beauty at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Washington, and finally get a variety of perspectives on a duck tour. On the next day, experience rural life at Shenot Farm & Market, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, then see the interesting displays at Bicycle Heaven, and finally wander the streets of Strip District.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Pittsburgh trip planner.

Philadelphia to Pittsburgh is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Philadelphia in August, things will get slightly colder in Pittsburgh: highs are around 80°F and lows about 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cleveland.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland: Learning Center and Money Museum, then get to know the resident critters at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, and then see the interesting displays at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cleveland online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Pittsburgh to Cleveland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Cleveland, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Traverse City

— 8 nights

Cherry Capital of the World

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
Venture out of the city with trips to Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire Bluff Trail, &more), Petoskey (North Western State Trail, Little Traverse Wheelway, &more) and Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (in Glen Arbor). And it doesn't end there: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the waterfront views at Crystal Lake, and wander the streets of Front Street.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Traverse City road trip planning app.

Getting from Cleveland to Traverse City by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cleveland in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Traverse City, with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips


Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, then stroll around Millennium Park, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Chicago online itinerary maker.

You can fly from Traverse City to Chicago in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Chicago when traveling from Traverse City in August, with lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks

United States travel guide

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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.