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
Drive:  8​h
1
Cleveland
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Ann Arbor
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
3
Chicago
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Springfield
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Mammoth Cave National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Bus:  9​h 45​min
End: New York City

4
nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens and West Side Market. Get in touch with nature at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm and Lakeview Park. Change things up with a short trip to Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky (about 1h 15 min away). Spend the 18th (Fri) exploring nature at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. There's still lots to do: take a tour of USS Cod Submarine Memorial and steep yourself in history at Wade Memorial Chapel.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cleveland trip planner.

New York City to Cleveland is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in August, you will find days in Cleveland are a bit cooler (80°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ann Arbor.

Things to do in Cleveland

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Akron, Cedar Point, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Lakeview Park
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Cuyahoga Valley National Park ©
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cedar Point ©
Cedar Point
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm ©
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm

few
hours
Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor ©
Ann Arbor is a city in the U.S. To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ann Arbor travel itinerary creator.

Drive from Cleveland to Ann Arbor in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Cleveland in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 58°F in Ann Arbor. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Ann Arbor

Museums Childrens Museums
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Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum ©
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

5
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Family-friendly places like Silver Beach County Park and Wrigley Field will thrill your kids. When in Chicago, make a side trip to see Grand Mere State Park in Stevensville, approximately 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, enjoy breathtaking views from 360 CHICAGO, meet the residents at Lincoln Park Zoo, and get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Chicago tour planner.

You can drive from Ann Arbor to Chicago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Ann Arbor in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Chicago, with lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Grand Mere State Park, Silver Beach County Park
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Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium
Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo

1
night
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Springfield travel itinerary creator.

You can do a combination of subway and flight from Chicago to Springfield in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Springfield can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Lincoln Memorial Garden ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©

3
nights
Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
On the 29th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Site, Head underground at Diamond Caverns, and then Head underground at Mammoth Cave National Park. On your second day here, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo, look for gifts at Big Mike's Rock and Gift Shop, and then hike along Fat Man's Misery.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mammoth Cave National Park trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Springfield to Mammoth Cave National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cave City, Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo, Diamond Caverns, Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Fat Man's Misery ©
Fat Man's Misery
Diamond Caverns ©
Diamond Caverns

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