13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  3​h
1
Columbus
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Saint Louis
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Detroit
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Washington DC

3
nights
Columbus

Columbus ©
More than just one of the nation's top business centers, Columbus is a mixture of many different parts of America, situated at the spot where the so-called "Bible Belt" meets the varied cultures of the Great Plains and Appalachia.
German Village and Warther Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Jungle Jim's International Market and Grandpa's Cheesebarnfor some retail therapy. When in Columbus, make a side trip to see Carillon Historical Park in Dayton, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Short North Arts District, admire the masterpieces at Columbus Museum of Art, and admire the natural beauty at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Columbus online trip maker .

Washington DC to Columbus is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in March; daily highs in Columbus reach 49°F and lows reach 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Columbus

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Warther Museum, Grandpa's Cheesebarn, Carillon Historical Park, Jungle Jim's International Market
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Warther Museum ©
Warther Museum
Jungle Jim's International Market ©
Jungle Jim's International Market
Carillon Historical Park ©
Carillon Historical Park

3
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and Stone Hill Winery. For shopping fun, head to The White Hare or Hermann's Attic Antique Mall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint Louis: Hermann (Adam Puchta Winery & Tin Mill Brewing Company). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Saint Louis Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, get engrossed in the history at Missouri History Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of St. Charles Historic District.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Saint Louis road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Columbus to Saint Louis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Columbus to Saint Louis due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Hermann, St. Charles Historic District, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, The White Hare
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Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Stone Hill Winery ©
Stone Hill Winery
Adam Puchta Winery ©
Adam Puchta Winery

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Shop till you drop at The Magnificent Mile and Lincoln Park. Get a sense of the local culture at The Art Institute of Chicago and Richard H. Driehaus Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Chicago side-trips: Cantigny Park (in Wheaton), Baha'i House of Worship (in Wilmette) and Arlington Park (in Arlington Heights). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through The Loop, admire the natural beauty at Lincoln Park Conservatory, snap pictures at Michigan Avenue Bridge, and contemplate the long history of Garfield Park Conservatory.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Chicago attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Saint Louis to Chicago takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Saint Louis in March; daily highs in Chicago reach 45°F and lows reach 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Chicago

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Cantigny Park, Arlington Park, Baha'i House of Worship
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Cantigny Park ©
Cantigny Park
Baha'i House of Worship ©
Baha'i House of Worship

3
nights
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.
Detroit Institute of Arts and Toledo Museum of Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Kerrytown and Greenfield Village. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Detroit: Ciolinos (in Temperance), Maumee Bay State Park (in Oregon) and Silver Bells Christmas Shoppe (in Dundee). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Detroit Historical Museum, browse the exhibits of Motown Museum, and buy something for everyone on your list at Somerset Collection.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Detroit trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Chicago to Detroit in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Detroit. In March, plan for daily highs up to 42°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Greenfield Village, Maumee Bay State Park, Somerset Collection, Toledo Museum of Art, Silver Bells Christmas Shoppe
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Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Toledo Museum of Art ©
Toledo Museum of Art

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