12 days in Continental USA Itinerary

12 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Fly
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Cleveland
— 1 night
Drive
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Detroit
— 1 night
Drive
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Hammond
— 1 night
Drive
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Milwaukee
— 1 night
Fly to Duluth, Drive to Ely
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Ely
— 1 night
Fly
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Minneapolis
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cincinnati
— 1 night
Drive
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Louisville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lexington
— 1 night
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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.
On the 11th (Mon), shop like a local with West Side Market, then ski along the peaceful trails at Girdled Road Reservation, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St John's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and then try to win big at JACK Cleveland Casino.

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Philadelphia to Cleveland is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Philadelphia, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cleveland, ranging from highs of 34°F to lows of 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Detroit.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums · Winter Sports · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

Detroit

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and then contemplate the long history of Motown Museum.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Detroit road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Cleveland to Detroit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 32°F in January, and nighttime lows around 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Hammond.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hammond

— 1 night
Hammond is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. On the 14th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Monastery, try to win big at Horseshoe Hammond, and then head outdoors with Gary Southshore Railcats.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hammond attractions planning app.

Getting from Detroit to Hammond by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Traveling from Detroit to Hammond, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 31°F in January, and nighttime lows around 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Hammond

Outdoors · Casinos · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Milwaukee

— 1 night

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
On the 15th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Milwaukee Art Museum and then learn more about the world around you at Milwaukee Public Museum.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Milwaukee vacation planning site.

Getting from Hammond to Milwaukee by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January in Milwaukee, expect temperatures between 30°F during the day and 16°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Ely.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Museums

Ely

— 1 night
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on White Wilderness Sled Dog Adventures and then hike along Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ely trip itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Milwaukee to Ely in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Milwaukee in January: highs in Ely hover around 16°F, while lows dip to -4°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Ely

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Trails

Minneapolis

— 2 nights

The City of Lakes

Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
On the 17th (Sun), stop by Candyland, admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, and then browse the different shops at Mall of America. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): get a dose of the wild on Stone Arch Bridge, stroll around Central Park Ice Skating Trail, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Isles, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Rybicki Cheese.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Minneapolis journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Ely to Minneapolis takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ely in January, expect Minneapolis to be a bit warmer, temps between 24°F and 9°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Shopping · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Cincinnati

— 1 night

The Queen of the West

Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): stop by Rookwood, gain some tasty knowledge on Cincy Brew Bus, and then try to win big at JACK Cincinnati Casino.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cincinnati trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Minneapolis to Cincinnati takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Cincinnati is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Minneapolis in January; daily highs in Cincinnati reach 39°F and lows reach 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Tours · Casinos

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 20th (Wed): examine the collection at 21c Museum Hotel, then sample the fine beverages at Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co, then see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, and finally learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum, then test the waters at a local thermal spa, and then Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Louisville online tour planner.

You can drive from Cincinnati to Louisville in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January in Louisville, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 25°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Louisville

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Lexington

— 1 night

Horse Capital of the World

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at James E. Pepper Distillery, then sample the tasty concoctions at West Sixth Brewing, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bourbon 30 Spirits Distillery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lexington trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Louisville to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Lexington are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Breweries & Distilleries · Spas

Side Trip

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.

Michigan travel guide

4.7
Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.

Indiana travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Room Escape Games · Specialty Museums
The Hoosier State
With an extensive history of motorsports, Indiana's main claim to fame is the popular automobile race held each year in its capital city. A mostly rural state, Indiana is a land of till plains and lakes, its appearance a result of traces left behind by receding glaciers. The central section of the state, mostly flat with some rolling hills, contains some of the country's most fertile farmland. The state also contains almost 39,000 km (24,000 mi) of waterways, including the Wabash River, the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. For a genuine "Hoosier" experience, tour the state's slow-paced small towns, noted for their hospitality and outstanding local cuisine. You'll remember the warmth and charm long after your vacation is over.

Wisconsin travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Water Parks · Zoos
The Badger State
Wisconsin is known as "America's Dairyland" because of its status as the nation's most famous producer of milk and cheese. A growing favorite with foreign tourists, the state is a perfect holiday destination for nature lovers, offering year-round outdoor activities like fishing, boating, kayaking, and hiking. Dotted with thousands of inland lakes and waterways alongside apple and cherry orchards, Wisconsin also offers numerous urban tourist attractions, its cities hosting renowned beer and art festivals each year.

Minnesota travel guide

4.4
Shopping Malls · Room Escape Games · Entertainment Centers
The Land of 10,000 Lakes
Deriving its name from the Dakota word for "land of sky-tinted water," Minnesota is a land of pristine lakes, pockets of dense green forests, and sprawling prairieland. Spend your vacation exploring the state's diverse landscape for endless outdoor activity and a chance to see some of the area's national monuments, or take a trip to the bustling St. Paul-Minneapolis area, a network of commerce and cultural attractions, including the famous Mall of America.

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.