17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Minneapolis
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Wisconsin Dells
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Chicago
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Indianapolis
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Cincinnati
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Detroit
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

2
nights
Minneapolis

Minneapolis ©
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.
On the 12th (Mon), observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE at Mall of America, find something for the whole family at Nickelodeon Universe, then get your game on at The Escape Game, and finally get your game on at Game Show Battle Rooms. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, get to know the resident critters at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Baker Park Reserve.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis tour itinerary site .

Vancouver, Canada to Minneapolis is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Vancouver to Minneapolis due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in July, expect Minneapolis to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Fun & Games Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Bloomington, Baker Park Reserve, Game Show Battle Rooms, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
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Como Park Zoo & Conservatory ©
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Nickelodeon Universe ©
Nickelodeon Universe
Baker Park Reserve ©
Baker Park Reserve

2
nights
Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells ©
Named after a nearby scenic gorge famous for its steep sandstone formations, Wisconsin Dells features more than 20 water parks, making it one of the most popular vacation areas in this region.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Wisconsin Deer Park, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, have some family-friendly fun at Laser Warfare, then test your problem-solving skills at Elusive Escape Rooms, and finally examine the collection at Mr Marvel's Wondertorium. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cool off at Noah's Ark Water Park and then admire the striking features of Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center .

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Wisconsin Dells trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Minneapolis to Wisconsin Dells takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Minneapolis in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Wisconsin Dells, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Theme Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center
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Noah's Ark Water Park ©
Noah's Ark Water Park
Zipline
Wisconsin Deer Park ©
Wisconsin Deer Park

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Museum of Science and Industry and Lincoln Park Zoo. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, learn more about the world around you at Field Museum, don't miss a visit to Cloud Gate, and ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Wisconsin Dells to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Wisconsin Dells in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Chicago, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple
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Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium
Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo

2
nights
Indianapolis

Indianapolis ©
Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
On the 19th (Mon), get to know the resident critters at Indianapolis Zoo, explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On your second day here, examine the collection at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, then admire the natural beauty at The Miller House and Garden, and then admire the striking features of Columbus Architecture Tours.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Indianapolis travel route planner.

Getting from Chicago to Indianapolis by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago to Indianapolis, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July in Indianapolis, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Columbus
Highlights from your plan
Indianapolis Zoo ©
Indianapolis Zoo
Children's Museum of Indianapolis ©
Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Room Escape Games

3
nights
Cincinnati

Cincinnati ©
Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S.
Kids will enjoy Kings Island and Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Venture out of the city with trips to David's Cemetery (in Kettering) and Dayton (National Museum of the US Air Force & Dayton Dragons Baseball). There's still lots to do: partake in some friendly competition at Houdini's Room Escape and stroll around Smale Riverfront Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cincinnati trip planning website .

Drive from Indianapolis to Cincinnati in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Cincinnati, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Dayton, Kings Island, David's Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden ©
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Kings Island ©
Kings Island
National Museum of the US Air Force ©

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.
Attractions like Cedar Point and Seymour Lake Township Park make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Detroit: Ghostly Manor Thrill Center (in Sandusky), Decode Ann Arbor (in Ann Arbor) and BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League (in Novi). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Henry Ford, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Toledo Zoo, admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, and contemplate the long history of Motown Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Detroit trip builder app .

Fly from Cincinnati to Detroit in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Detroit, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Theme Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Dearborn, Toledo, Sandusky, Decode Ann Arbor, Seymour Lake Township Park
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Cedar Point ©
Cedar Point
Toledo Zoo ©
Toledo Zoo

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