13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Pittsburgh
— 2 nights
2
Detroit
— 2 nights
3
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
4
Chicago
— 3 nights
5
Milwaukee
— 2 nights

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Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh ©
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 10th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heinz Memorial Chapel, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Anthony Chapel, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Washington.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Pittsburgh online travel route planner.

Washington DC to Pittsburgh is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in September: high temperatures in Pittsburgh hover around 28°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens ©
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Heinz Memorial Chapel ©
Heinz Memorial Chapel
Saint Anthony Chapel
Saint Anthony Chapel

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Detroit

Detroit ©
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Detroit Institute of Arts and Motown Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad and Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Detroit: National Museum of the Great Lakes (in Toledo) and Great Lakes National Cemetery (in Holly). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, steep yourself in history at Franklin Cider Mill, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Islamic Center of America.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Detroit trip planner.

Fly from Pittsburgh to Detroit in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Detroit sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dearborn, Toledo, Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, Franklin Cider Mill, Great Lakes National Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
National Museum of the Great Lakes ©
National Museum of the Great Lakes

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Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids ©
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.
On the 14th (Sat), fly down the slopes at Cannonsburg Ski & Ride Area, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Peace Park, and then see the interesting displays at Gilmore Car Museum. On the next day, contemplate the long history of USS LST 393, contemplate the long history of Hackley and Hume Historic Site, then examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Andrew.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Grand Rapids trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Detroit to Grand Rapids by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Grand Rapids are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Muskegon, Gilmore Car Museum, Cascade Peace Park, Cannonsburg Ski & Ride Area
Highlights from your plan
Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Gerald R. Ford Museum ©
Gerald R. Ford Museum
Hackley and Hume Historic Site ©
Hackley and Hume Historic Site

3
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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): stroll around Millennium Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cowles Bog, and then immerse yourself in nature at Indiana Dunes State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Chicago Cultural Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fourth Presbyterian Church, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Michigan, and finally grab your bike and head to Lakefront Trail.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Chicago takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Rapids to Chicago. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Chicago when traveling from Grand Rapids in September, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Chesterton, Lake Michigan
Highlights from your plan
Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail
Indiana Dunes State Park ©
Indiana Dunes State Park
Chicago Cultural Center ©
Chicago Cultural Center

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Milwaukee

Milwaukee ©
Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
On the 18th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Old World Wisconsin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Hill, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Joan of Arc Chapel, and finally examine the collection at Harley-Davidson Museum. On the next day, admire the majestic nature at Kohler-Andrae State Park, see a show at John Michael Kohler Arts Center, and then get engrossed in the history at Mitchell Gallery of Flight.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Milwaukee journey planner.

Drive from Chicago to Milwaukee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Sheboygan, Old World Wisconsin, Holy Hill
Highlights from your plan
Holy Hill ©
Holy Hill
Milwaukee Art Museum ©
Milwaukee Art Museum
Basilica of St. Josaphat ©
Basilica of St. Josaphat

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