17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
1
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
New York City
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Detroit
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly + ferry:  4​h 30​min
End: Toronto

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and National Gallery of Art. Go for a jaunt from Washington DC to Triangle to see National Museum of the Marine Corps about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, explore the world behind art at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Washington DC trip itinerary maker site .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. In July in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

National Museum of the Marine Corps, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Walking tours
National Museum of the Marine Corps ©

5
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and Grounds For Sculpture. Change things up with a short trip to Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park (about 1h 50 min away). And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Central Park, examine the collection at Ground Zero Museum Workshop, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our New York City journey planner.

You can fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Detroit.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Hyde Park, Grounds For Sculpture
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cedar Point and The Henry Ford. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Greenfield Village, admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, take a stroll through Campus Martius Park, and take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront.

To find ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Detroit trip planner .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Detroit takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 21°C in Detroit. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dearborn, Cedar Point
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Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
Cedar Point ©
Cedar Point
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Michigan and Crown Fountain. Venture out of the city with trips to Silver Beach County Park (in Saint Joseph) and Basilica of the Sacred Heart (in South Bend). The adventure continues: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, grab your bike and head to Lakefront Trail, and have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Chicago.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Chicago online trip planner .

You can fly from Detroit to Chicago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Silver Beach County Park, Lake Michigan, Basilica of the Sacred Heart
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The Escape Game Chicago ©
The Escape Game Chicago
Beer Tastings & Tours
Lake Michigan ©
Lake Michigan

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