17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
1
New York City
— 5 nights
Train:  3​h
2
Baltimore
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 15​min
3
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  4​h 45​min
6
Niagara Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Detroit
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
End: New York City

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.
Let the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Ellis Island capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gateway National Recreation and American Museum of Natural History. Change things up with a short trip to Bronx Zoo in Bronx (about 36 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Fifth Avenue, hunt for treasures at Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market, explore the activities along Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul's Chapel.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the New York City road trip planning website .

If you are flying in from Italy, the closest major airports are La Guardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport. In April, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Baltimore.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Gateway National Recreation, Bronx Zoo
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©

1
night
Baltimore

Baltimore ©
A major center for tourism and travel, Baltimore is famous as the city where amateur poet Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics for the United States' national anthem.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): wander the streets of Fell's Point, then contemplate the waterfront views at Inner Harbor, and then try to win big at Horseshoe Casino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): learn about all things military at U.S. Naval Academy, then take in the history at Fort McHenry National Monument, and then see the interesting displays at American Visionary Art Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Baltimore day trip app .

You can take a train from New York City to Baltimore in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from New York City, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Baltimore, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Baltimore

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

U.S. Naval Academy
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U.S. Naval Academy ©
U.S. Naval Academy
Horseshoe Casino ©
Horseshoe Casino

2
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 5th (Sat), hunt for treasures at Reading Terminal Market, then explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, then admire the striking features of Independence Hall, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Independence National Historical Park. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Rodin Museum, witness the site of a historic battle at Valley Forge National Historical Park, then admire the masterpieces at Barnes Foundation, and finally pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Philadelphia trip planner .

You can take a train from Baltimore to Philadelphia in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. May in Philadelphia sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Valley Forge National Historical Park
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Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Valley Forge National Historical Park ©
Barnes Foundation ©
Barnes Foundation

2
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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.
On the 7th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally explore the activities along Tidal Basin. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Capitol Hill.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Washington DC trip planner .

You can take a train from Philadelphia to Washington DC in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Washington DC are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Arlington National Cemetery
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Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Visit Millennium Park and Pleasant Home for their historical value. Relax by the water at Oak Street Beach and North Avenue Beach. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, kick back and relax at Ohio Street Beach, wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile, and stroll through Lincoln Park Zoo.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, read our Chicago trip website .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Chicago takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in May, expect Chicago to be slightly colder, temps between 25°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Pleasant Home
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Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile

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night
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): revel in the low prices at Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, USA, admire the striking features of Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, and then admire the sheer force of Niagara Falls.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Niagara Falls day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Chicago to Niagara Falls takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In May in Niagara Falls, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Detroit.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex
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Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, USA ©

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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 13th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Greektown, stroll through Detroit Zoo, and then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Detroit day trip website .

You can drive from Niagara Falls to Detroit in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Detroit Zoo
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Detroit Zoo ©
Detroit Zoo
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
Greektown ©
Greektown

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