12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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Drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Fly to Detroit
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Saint Louis
— 2 nights
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
Fly to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Drive to Leonardtown


Detroit — 2 nights

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 3rd (Wed): explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, then explore and take pictures at Motown Museum, and then take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): examine the collection at The Henry Ford and then examine the collection at Greenfield Village.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Detroit online itinerary planner.

Leonardtown to Detroit is an approximately 5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. In August, daytime highs in Detroit are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Cleveland.
Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Cleveland — 1 night

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 5th (Fri): examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, then admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art, and then don't miss a visit to Public Square. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at A Christmas Story House, then browse the eclectic array of goods at West Side Market, and then contemplate the long history of Heinen's Downtown.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cleveland trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Detroit to Cleveland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Saint Louis.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Saint Louis — 2 nights

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 7th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, take an in-depth tour of Campbell House Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden. Keep things going the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Old Courthouse, then appreciate the history behind The Gateway Arch, and then stroll around Forest Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Saint Louis holiday planner.

You can fly from Cleveland to Saint Louis in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cleveland to Saint Louis. When traveling from Cleveland in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Saint Louis, with highs around 87°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Chicago.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Chicago — 3 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, stroll around Millennium Park, ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain, and admire the striking features of 360 Chicago Observation Deck.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago trip maker app.

You can fly from Saint Louis to Chicago in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. August in Chicago sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Cincinnati.
Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums

Cincinnati — 3 nights

Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S. city that left a favorable impression on one of its most famous 19th-century visitors, English author Charles Dickens.
Venture out of the city with trips to National Museum of the US Air Force (in Dayton), Ark Encounter (in Williamstown) and Western Southern Open (in Mason). And it doesn't end there: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, explore the world behind art at Taft Museum of Art, and try your luck at JACK Cincinnati Casino.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cincinnati trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Cincinnati takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August in Cincinnati, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.
Museums · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Events
Side Trips

United States travel guide

Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Beaches
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.