15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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15 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
train:  1​h 45​min
1
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Pittsburgh
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Cleveland
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Springfield
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Chicago
— 3 nights
subway + Fly:  3​h
6
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h
7
Detroit
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
8
Mystic
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Brandywine River Museum of Art and Barnes Foundation. Museum-lovers will appreciate Independence Hall and Eastern State Penitentiary. Change things up with a short trip to Valley Forge National Historical Park in Valley Forge (about 38 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center, take a stroll through Rittenhouse Square, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Philadelphia online visit planner .

New York City to Philadelphia is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Philadelphia are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Valley Forge National Historical Park, Brandywine River Museum of Art
Highlights from your plan
Brandywine River Museum of Art ©
Brandywine River Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Barnes Foundation ©
Barnes Foundation

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Bicycle Heaven and The Society for Contemporary Craft. Fallingwater and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will appeal to history buffs. Explore Pittsburgh's surroundings by going to The Westmoreland Museum of American Art (in Greensburg) and Kentuck Knob (in Chalk Hill). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Washington, take a stroll through The Strip District, admire all the interesting features of PNC Park, and take in the exciting artwork at Pittsburgh Glass Center Studios.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Pittsburgh trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Philadelphia in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 57°F in Pittsburgh. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cleveland.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fallingwater, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Kentuck Knob
Highlights from your plan
Fallingwater ©
Fallingwater
Bicycle Heaven ©
Bicycle Heaven

1
night
Cleveland

Cleveland ©
A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): stop by Campbells Popcorn Shop, hunt for treasures at West Side Market, then explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, and finally see the interesting displays at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cleveland vacation builder site .

Getting from Pittsburgh to Cleveland by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Cleveland can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Cleveland Museum of Art ©
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ©
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
West Side Market ©
West Side Market

1
night
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Springfield travel route planning app .

Getting from Cleveland to Springfield by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cleveland to Springfield is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cleveland in September, expect nights in Springfield to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 82°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Let the collections at The Art Institute of Chicago and Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at The Magnificent Mile and Ernest Hemingway Birthplace. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fourth Presbyterian Church.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Chicago online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Springfield to Chicago takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Field Museum ©
Field Museum
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

2
nights
Traverse City

Traverse City ©
Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Old Mission Lighthouse, then learn about winemaking at Longview Winery, and then identify plant and animal life at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by American Spoon, don't miss a visit to Front Street, learn about winemaking at Suttons Bay Ciders, then do a tasting at Chateau Fontaine, and finally admire all the interesting features of Tandem Cider.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Traverse City trip planner.

Traveling by combination of subway and flight from Chicago to Traverse City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Traverse City. Traveling from Chicago in September, Traverse City is slightly colder at night with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wineries Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Suttons Bay, Chateau Fontaine, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Highlights from your plan
Suttons Bay Ciders ©
Suttons Bay Ciders
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, then examine the collection at The Henry Ford, then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Historic Trinity Lutheran Church.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Detroit trip builder .

Getting from Traverse City to Detroit by combination of flight and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in September, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mystic.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

1
day
Mystic

Mystic ©
A historical leading seaport, Mystic has maintained a strong respect for the past.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Old Lighthouse Museum, see the interesting displays at Mystic Seaport Museum, then explore the world behind art at Florence Griswold Museum, and finally stop by The Book Barn.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mystic holiday tool .

You can fly from Detroit to Mystic in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Mystic are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Mystic

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Florence Griswold Museum, The Book Barn, The Stonington Lighthouse Museum
Highlights from your plan
Mystic Seaport Museum ©
Mystic Seaport Museum
Florence Griswold Museum ©
Florence Griswold Museum
The Stonington Lighthouse Museum ©
The Stonington Lighthouse Museum

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