15 days in Buffalo, Midwest & Pittsburgh Itinerary

15 days in Buffalo, Midwest & Pittsburgh Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner
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Buffalo
— 2 nights
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Detroit
— 2 nights
Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Chicago
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Chicago
— 4 nights
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Branson
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint Louis
— 2 nights
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Pittsburgh
— 1 night
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Buffalo — 2 nights

The most populous city in the state after New York, Buffalo serves as the gateway to Niagara Falls and Canada for many travelers.
Venture out of the city with trips to Niagara Power Project Visitors Center (in Lewiston) and Niagara Falls (Niagara Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of Niagara, immerse yourself in nature at Devil's Hole State Park, and stroll the grounds of Forest Lawn.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Buffalo itinerary maker.

New York City to Buffalo is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 58°F in Buffalo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Detroit.
Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
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Detroit — 2 nights

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and then don't miss a visit to Michigan Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of The Guardian Building and then sample some tasty brews at The HandleBar Toledo.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Detroit travel planning app.

Traveling by flight from Buffalo to Detroit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daytime highs in Detroit are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.
Museums · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips

Mackinac Island — 1 night

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, then get the lay of the land with Fort Mackinac, and then paddle through the water with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mackinac Island trip itinerary maker tool.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Detroit to Mackinac Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Detroit in June, expect Mackinac Island to be slightly colder, temps between 67°F and 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Chicago.
Tours · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Chicago — 4 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, learn more about the world around you at Field Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Chicago journey maker website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Mackinac Island to Chicago takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mackinac Island in June; daily highs in Chicago reach 81°F and lows reach 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can fly to Branson.
Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Branson — 2 nights

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, find something for the whole family at Arcade City, and then take an in-depth tour of Titanic Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Table Rock Lake, make a splash at Silver Dollar City, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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Traveling by flight from Chicago to Branson takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Saint Louis.
Theme Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Saint Louis — 2 nights

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden, appreciate the history behind The Gateway Arch, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Saint Louis Zoo.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Saint Louis online trip maker.

You can drive from Branson to Saint Louis in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. June in Saint Louis sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can fly to Pittsburgh.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Tours

Pittsburgh — 1 night

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.
On the 1st (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, then examine the collection at Bicycle Heaven, and then get a variety of perspectives on a duck tour.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Pittsburgh planner.

Fly from Saint Louis to Pittsburgh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Saint Louis to Pittsburgh due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Saint Louis in June: high temperatures in Pittsburgh hover around 79°F and lows are around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours