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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Motown Museum, examine the collection at Greenfield Village, then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and finally admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, partake in some friendly competition at Decode Ann Arbor, and then cool off at Seymour Lake Township Park.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Detroit trip itinerary planning tool .

Vancouver, Canada to Detroit is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. When traveling from Vancouver in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Detroit, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cleveland.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Dearborn, Decode Ann Arbor, Seymour Lake Township Park
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Seymour Lake Township Park ©
Seymour Lake Township Park
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village

3
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.
Attractions like Cedar Point and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron (about 46 minutes away). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, make a trip to A Christmas Story House, admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art, and perfect your strike at Bay Lanes Bowling.

Make your Cleveland itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Detroit to Cleveland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. August in Cleveland sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Cleveland

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cedar Point, Fellows Riverside Gardens, Bay Lanes Bowling, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Bay Lanes Bowling ©
Bay Lanes Bowling
Cedar Point ©
Cedar Point
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo ©
Cleveland Metroparks 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Indianapolis Zoo, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and then contemplate the long history of Conner Prairie.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Indianapolis itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Cleveland to Indianapolis takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. August in Indianapolis sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Conner Prairie
Highlights from your plan
Conner Prairie ©
Conner Prairie
Children's Museum of Indianapolis ©
Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Indianapolis Zoo ©
Indianapolis Zoo

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Attractions like Museum of Science and Industry and Lincoln Park Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium, admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain, and take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago online travel route planner .

Drive from Indianapolis to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. August in Chicago sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium
Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo

3
nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Zipline and Speed Boats Tours. When in Wisconsin Dells, make a side trip to see Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center in Spring Green, approximately 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Mr Marvel's Wondertorium, play a few rounds at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, make a splash at Noah's Ark Water Park, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Wisconsin Dells trip planner .

You can drive from Chicago to Wisconsin Dells in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Chicago in August, Wisconsin Dells is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Outdoors Theme Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center , Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Noah's Ark Water Park ©
Noah's Ark Water Park
Wisconsin Deer Park ©
Wisconsin Deer Park

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Nickelodeon Universe and FlyOver America. Explore Minneapolis' surroundings by going to Extreme Sandbox (in Hastings), Square Lake Park (in Stillwater) and Baker Park Reserve (in Maple Plain). And it doesn't end there: test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game, have fun at CHS Field, explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, and get to know the resident critters at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Minneapolis trip planner .

Getting from Wisconsin Dells to Minneapolis by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In August in Minneapolis, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Fun & Games Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bloomington, Saint Paul, Square Lake Park, Extreme Sandbox, Baker Park Reserve
Highlights from your plan
CHS Field ©
CHS Field
Nickelodeon Universe ©
Nickelodeon Universe
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory ©
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

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