13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Norfolk
Drive:  5​h 30​min
1
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
2
Columbus
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Indianapolis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Chicago
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Detroit
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
6
Pittsburgh
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
End: Norfolk

2
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): catch a live event at Citizens Bank Park, hunt for treasures at Italian Market, then shop like a local with Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, and finally get your game on at Bury The Hatchet Philadelphia - Axe Throwing.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Philadelphia day trip planning website .

Norfolk to Philadelphia is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Columbus.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Fun & Games Shopping Museums
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Citizens Bank Park ©
Citizens Bank Park
Italian Market ©
Italian Market

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): meet the residents at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and then take in the dramatic scenery at Hayden Falls Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Columbus trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Philadelphia to Columbus takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Columbus when traveling from Philadelphia in August, with lows around 64°F. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Columbus

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping

Side Trip

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium ©
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Hayden Falls Park ©
Hayden Falls Park

1
night
Indianapolis

Indianapolis ©
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.
On the 17th (Sat), explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Indianapolis and then appreciate the history behind Monument Circle.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Indianapolis online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Columbus to Indianapolis by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Indianapolis can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Childrens Museums Museums
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Children's Museum of Indianapolis ©
Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Monument Circle ©
Monument Circle

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Museum of Science and Industry and The Field Museum. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, have some family-friendly fun at Bad Axe Throwing, get in on the family fun at Navy Pier, and enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Chicago road trip planner .

Getting from Indianapolis to Chicago by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

1
night
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.
On the 21st (Wed), look for gifts at Shinola Bicycles, admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, then steep yourself in history at Motown Museum, and finally take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront. On the next day, catch a live event at Comerica Park, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then appreciate the history behind Michigan Soldiers and Sailors Monument, and finally step off the mainland to explore Belle Isle Park.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Detroit online travel planner .

You can fly from Chicago to Detroit in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 August, daily temperatures in Detroit can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Detroit

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Belle Isle Park ©
Belle Isle Park
Room Escape Games
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

3
nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and Kennywood Park will thrill your kids. Step out of Pittsburgh to go to Mill Run and see Fallingwater, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: see where the action happens at PNC Park, wander the streets of The Strip District, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Washington, and admire the natural beauty at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Pittsburgh trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Detroit to Pittsburgh by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daytime highs in Pittsburgh are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Fallingwater, Kennywood Park
Highlights from your plan
Fallingwater ©
Fallingwater
Mount Washington ©
Mount Washington
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium ©
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

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