15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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15 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Norfolk
Drive:  3​h 30​min
1
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
2
Columbus
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Indianapolis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Chicago
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Detroit
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Pittsburgh
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Norfolk

2
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at White House.

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Norfolk to Washington DC is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. August in Washington DC sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Columbus.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
Vietnam Veterans Memorial ©
Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): observe the fascinating underwater world at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Columbus travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Columbus takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Washington DC in August since evenings lows in Columbus dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Columbus

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Highlights from your plan
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium ©
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Room Escape Games

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), stop by Rocket Fizz and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Indianapolis trip planning tool .

Getting from Columbus to Indianapolis by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Indianapolis are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums Fun & Games Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum ©
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
Room Escape Games
Children's Museum of Indianapolis ©
Children's Museum of Indianapolis

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, and examine the collection at The Field Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Chicago road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Indianapolis to Chicago takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Oak Park
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): examine the collection at Greenfield Village, then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, then admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Detroit road trip website .

Getting from Chicago to Detroit by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: 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, daytime highs in Detroit are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums

Side Trip

Dearborn
Highlights from your plan
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): examine the collection at Bicycle Heaven, admire the natural beauty at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and then wander the streets of Mount Washington. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at LumberjAxes, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, and then wander the streets of The Strip District.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Pittsburgh day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Detroit to Pittsburgh takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daytime highs in Pittsburgh are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Parks Neighborhoods Fun & Games

Side Trip

LumberjAxes
Highlights from your plan
Bicycle Heaven ©
Bicycle Heaven
Mount Washington ©
Mount Washington

2
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 26th (Mon), ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall and then explore and take pictures at Longwood Gardens. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Reading Terminal Market, then steep yourself in history at Liberty Bell Center, then admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, and finally engage your brain at The Franklin Institute.

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Traveling by flight from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Pittsburgh in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 69°F in Philadelphia. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Classes

Side Trip

Longwood Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art

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