12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Minneapolis
— 1 night
Fly
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Chicago
— 5 nights
Fly
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Indianapolis
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Fly
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New York City
— 2 nights

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Minneapolis

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): make a trip to Minnehaha Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park, and then browse the different shops at Mall of America.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Minneapolis travel itinerary planner.

Manchester, UK to Minneapolis is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Minneapolis is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Manchester in May, expect nights in Minneapolis to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to fly to Chicago.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Chicago

— 5 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain, shop like a local with The Magnificent Mile, and take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Chicago trip planner.

You can fly from Minneapolis to Chicago in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Chicago, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can fly to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Indianapolis

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, then examine the collection at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, and then look for gifts at Rocket Fizz. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Rhythm! Discovery Center, bet on your favorite at Indy Racing Experience, and then make a trip to Central Canal.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Indianapolis tour itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Indianapolis takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Indianapolis. In May, daytime highs in Indianapolis are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Grand Rapids

— 2 nights

Furniture City

The second largest city in Michigan and a hub of furniture manufacturing, Grand Rapids bears the nickname "Furniture City." However, the destination's original name came from the rapids of the Grand River that once ran through the downtown area.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): have fun and explore at Grand Rapids Children's Museum, then see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Windmill Island Gardens and then find something for the whole family at Nelis' Dutch Village.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids trip planner.

Traveling by car from Indianapolis to Grand Rapids takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Indianapolis in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Grand Rapids, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to fly to New York City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

New York City

— 2 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): go for a walk through The High Line and then take in the pleasant sights at Central Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and then admire the landmark architecture of Empire State Building.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the New York City trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Grand Rapids to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Grand Rapids in May, New York City is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums

United States travel guide

4.5
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.

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.