14 days in United States Itinerary

14 days in United States Itinerary

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14 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Clearwater, Florida
Drive:  11 h 15 min
1
Maggie Valley
— 3 nights
Drive:  10 h
2
Saint Louis
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Indianapolis
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Chicago
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
Detroit
— 4 nights
Drive:  20 h
End: Clearwater, Florida

3
nights
Maggie Valley

Maggie Valley ©
Maggie Valley is a town in Haywood County, North Carolina, United States. Kids will enjoy Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies and Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Maggie Valley: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Charlies Bunion, Quiet Walkways, & more) and Gatlinburg (7D Dark Ride Adventure & Sugarlands Distilling Company).

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Maggie Valley trip itinerary maker website .

Clearwater to Maggie Valley is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Clearwater in January, expect Maggie Valley to be cooler, temps between 48°F and 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Maggie Valley

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ©
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area ©
Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area

1
night
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, admire the natural beauty at Jewel Box, and then meet the residents at Saint Louis Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Missouri Botanical Garden, then take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch, and then see the interesting displays at City Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Maggie Valley to Saint Louis takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Maggie Valley, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Saint Louis, ranging from highs of 41°F to lows of 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Saint Louis Zoo ©
Saint Louis Zoo
City Museum ©
City Museum
The Gateway Arch ©
The Gateway Arch

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): enjoy some diversion at Lucas Oil Stadium, then have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally savor the flavors at Rocket Fizz.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Indianapolis road trip app .

You can drive from Saint Louis to Indianapolis in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Saint Louis to Indianapolis due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Saint Louis, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Indianapolis, ranging from highs of 36°F to lows of 19°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Fun & Games Childrens Museums Museums
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Room Escape Games
Children's Museum of Indianapolis ©
Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Rocket Fizz ©
Rocket Fizz

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 27th (Sun), engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lincoln Park Zoo, then get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shedd Aquarium.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago day trip planning website .

You can drive from Indianapolis to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to Chicago is minus 1 hour. In January, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 32°F, while at night they dip to 18°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Detroit.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium
Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cedar Point and Toledo Zoo. Change things up with these side-trips from Detroit: Decode Detroit (in Ann Arbor) and Island Lake State Recreation Area (in Brighton). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, explore and take pictures at Comerica Park, and stop by Polish Art Center.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Detroit holiday site .

Traveling by car from Chicago to Detroit takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Detroit is 1 hour. In January in Detroit, expect temperatures between 32°F during the day and 19°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Dearborn, Polish Art Center, Detroit Zoo, Island Lake State Recreation Area, Decode Ann Arbor
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Toledo Zoo ©
Toledo Zoo
Cedar Point ©
Cedar Point
Detroit Zoo ©
Detroit Zoo

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