17 days in Washington DC, Akron & Detroit Itinerary

17 days in Washington DC, Akron & Detroit Itinerary

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17 days in Washington DC, Akron & Detroit Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Washington DC
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Akron
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Detroit
— 7 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h
End: Edmonton

7
nights
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.
You'll explore and learn at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and U.S. Naval Academy. Explore hidden gems such as National Museum of African American History and Culture and Capitol Hill. Venture out of the city with trips to Quiet Waters Park (in Annapolis), National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle) and Fredericksburg (Chatham Manor, Chatham Manor, & more). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Smithsonian Institution Building, get engrossed in the history at Virginia Holocaust Museum, explore the world behind art at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Washington DC vacation planning app .

Edmonton, Canada to Washington DC is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Edmonton to Washington DC due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Edmonton, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Washington DC, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Akron.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Fredericksburg, Richmond, Annapolis, Torpedo Factory Art Center
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2
nights
Akron

Akron ©
Akron is the fifth-largest city in the U.S. On the 15th (Sun), examine the collection at Canton Classic Car Museum, get engrossed in the history at McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Glendale Cemetery, then stroll the grounds of Dr. Bob's Gravesite, and finally admire the sheer force of Brandywine Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): contemplate the long history of James A. Garfield National Historic Site, then contemplate the long history of USS Cod Submarine Memorial, and then stroll the grounds of Lake View Cemetery.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Akron trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Akron takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Washington DC in September since evenings lows in Akron dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Detroit.

Things to do in Akron

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Cleveland, Canton, James A. Garfield National Historic Site, Brandywine Falls
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Lake View Cemetery ©
Lake View Cemetery
McKinley Presidential Library & Museum ©

7
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.
Get in touch with nature at Maybury State Park and Paint Creek Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Detroit Institute of Arts and Motown Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Detroit: Nickels Arcade (in Ann Arbor), Cranbrook Institute of Science (in Bloomfield Hills) and Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum (in Farmington). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront, get engrossed in the history at Holocaust Memorial Center, and get curious at Sloan Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Detroit route planner.

Traveling by car from Akron to Detroit takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Northville, Dearborn, Nickels Arcade, Holocaust Memorial Center, Great Lakes National Cemetery
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Motown Museum ©
Motown Museum
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

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