17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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Columbus
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Chicago
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Minneapolis
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Fargo
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Minot
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Fargo
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Minneapolis
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Chicago
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Columbus
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Columbus — 2 nights

The Discovery City

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 24th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kelton House Museum & Garden, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally take a stroll through Easton Town Center.

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McLean to Columbus is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. Traveling from McLean in September, expect little chillier with lows of 58°F in Columbus. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Chicago.
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Chicago — 1 night

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago day trip website.

Fly from Columbus to Chicago in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Minneapolis.
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Minneapolis — 1 night

The City of Lakes

Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art and then take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Minneapolis travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Minneapolis takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Fargo.
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Fargo — 1 night

Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. On the 28th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Bonanzaville and then examine the collection at Roger Maris Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Fargo route planning app.

Getting from Minneapolis to Fargo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Minneapolis in September, plan for little chillier nights in Fargo, with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Minot.
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Minot — 5 nights

Minot is a city in and the county seat of Ward County, North Dakota, United States, in the state's north-central region. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Minot: Cross Ranch State Park (in Center), Bismarck (North Dakota State Capitol Building, The Dakota Zoo, &more) and Washburn (Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center (LCIC) & Fort Mandan State Historic Site). There's still lots to do: stroll around Scandinavian Heritage Park, examine the collection at Railroad Museum & Magic City Express, brush up on your military savvy at Dakota Territory Air Museum, and let little ones run wild at Oak Park.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Minot vacation planner.

Drive from Fargo to Minot in 4.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Fargo.
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Fargo — 1 night

On the 4th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County and then browse the exhibits of Fargo Air Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Fargo trip planner.

Drive from Minot to Fargo in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Minneapolis.
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Minneapolis — 1 night

The City of Lakes

Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): explore the landscape on two wheels at Mill Ruins Park, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Minneapolis online trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Fargo to Minneapolis in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to fly to Chicago.
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Chicago — 1 night

Windy City

On the 6th (Thu), walk around Millennium Park, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and then take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

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You can fly from Minneapolis to Chicago in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Minneapolis in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Chicago, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can fly to Columbus.
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Columbus — 3 nights

The Discovery City

On the 7th (Fri), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, don't miss a visit to Rockhouse, and then learn the secrets of beer at Pedal Wagon Columbus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): engage your brain at COSI (Center of Science and Industry), then stop by Short North Arts District, then examine the collection at Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of German Village.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Columbus trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Columbus takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Columbus due to the time zone difference. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sun) before leaving for home.
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United States travel guide

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More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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