17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Huntsville
Drive:  5​h
1
Louisville
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Chicago
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Grand Rapids
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Traverse City
— 1 night
Bus + Ferry:  4​h 30​min
6
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
+3
Ferry + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  10​h 15​min
7
Detroit
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Cincinnati
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
9
Nashville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
End: Huntsville

1
day
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take a peaceful walk through The Parklands of Floyds Fork, then Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Louisville trip maker site .

Huntsville to Louisville is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Huntsville to Louisville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Louisville

Outdoors Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
The Parklands of Floyds Fork ©
The Parklands of Floyds Fork
Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co ©
Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Indiana Dunes State Park and then stroll through Cowles Bog. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lake Michigan and then kick back and relax at Whihala Beach Co Park.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Chicago travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Louisville to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Louisville in June, you will find days in Chicago are slightly colder (81°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Chesterton, Lake Michigan, Whihala Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cowles Bog ©
Cowles Bog
Indiana Dunes State Park ©
Indiana Dunes State Park
Whihala Beach ©
Whihala Beach

3
nights
Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids ©
The second largest city in Michigan and a hub of furniture manufacturing, Grand Rapids bears the nickname "Furniture City." However, the destination's original name came from the rapids of the Grand River that once ran through the downtown area.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rainbow Ranch and Pilgrim's Run Golf Club. Visiting Lewis Farms and Petting Zoo and Country Dairy will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Millennium Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Heritage Hill Historic District.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Rapids holiday maker .

Traveling by car from Chicago to Grand Rapids takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Grand Rapids is 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Grand Rapids are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Holland.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

New Era, Pilgrim's Run Golf Club, Millennium Park
Highlights from your plan
Pilgrim's Run Golf Club ©
Pilgrim's Run Golf Club
Gerald R. Ford Museum ©
Gerald R. Ford Museum
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park

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nights
Holland

Holland ©
Holland is a city in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): kick back and relax at North Beach and then kick back and relax at Oval Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway, examine the collection at Holland Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Holland State Park Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Holland travel website .

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Holland in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Holland

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

North Beach, Oval Beach
Highlights from your plan
Oval Beach ©
Oval Beach
Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach
Outdoor Discovery Center ©
Outdoor Discovery Center

1
night
Traverse City

Traverse City ©
Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
On the 30th (Sat), examine the collection at Music House Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Haserot Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from Old Mission Lighthouse.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Traverse City trip builder app .

You can drive from Holland to Traverse City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Holland in June, plan for little chillier nights in Traverse City, with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Music House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Music House Museum ©
Music House Museum
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse

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nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 1st (Sun), steep yourself in history at Biddle House, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then don't miss a visit to Fort Holmes, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church. On the next day, immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, then see the interesting displays at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, and then tee off at Jewel Golf Course.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in July, you will find days in Mackinac Island are little chillier (73°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park

1
night
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 4th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, steep yourself in history at The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, then examine the collection at Greenfield Village, and finally examine the collection at The Henry Ford.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Detroit trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Detroit takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Mackinac Island in July, things will get a bit warmer in Detroit: highs are around 82°F and lows about 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dearborn
Highlights from your plan
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant ©
The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

1
night
Cincinnati

Cincinnati ©
Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): hike along Riverwalk, then take a stroll through Mount Adams, and then stroll the grounds of Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cincinnati holiday planning app .

You can drive from Detroit to Cincinnati in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In July in Cincinnati, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Parks Historic Sites Trails
Highlights from your plan
Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum ©
Mount Adams ©
Mount Adams

1
night
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
On the 6th (Fri), admire all the interesting features of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, then examine the collection at Lane Motor Museum, then see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and finally examine the collection at The George Jones.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nashville trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Cincinnati to Nashville in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Cincinnati in July; daily highs in Nashville reach 90°F and lows reach 70°F. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Nightlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lane Motor Museum ©
Lane Motor Museum
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park ©
Tennessee State Museum ©
Tennessee State Museum

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