20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Drive:  2​h
1
Cincinnati
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Columbus
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Pittsburgh
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Washington DC
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
New York City
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h
7
Boston
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Albany
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
9
Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
10
South Bend
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: Indianapolis


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Cincinnati

Cincinnati ©
Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S.
On the 13th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, then identify plant and animal life at Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Redbird Hollow Preserve.

Before you visit Cincinnati, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Indianapolis to Cincinnati is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Columbus.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption ©

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Columbus

More than just one of the nation's top business centers, Columbus is a mixture of many different parts of America, situated at the spot where the so-called "Bible Belt" meets the varied cultures of the Great Plains and Appalachia.
On the 14th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Hayden Falls Park, then identify plant and animal life at Shale Hollow Preserve, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Stratford Ecological Center, then experience rural life at Gallant Farm Preserve, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Char-Mar Ridge Preserve.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Columbus trip itinerary planning site .

Take a bus from Cincinnati to Columbus in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Columbus

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Delaware, Shale Hollow Preserve, Char-Mar Ridge Preserve, Zipline
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Zipline
Shale Hollow Preserve ©
Shale Hollow Preserve
Char-Mar Ridge Preserve ©
Char-Mar Ridge Preserve

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Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh ©
Known primarily for its steel-related heritage and 446 bridges, Pittsburgh sits at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which meet to form the Ohio River.
On the 16th (Tue), admire all the interesting features of Mount Washington, examine the collection at Bicycle Heaven, then identify plant and animal life at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Pittsburgh Glass Center Studios.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Pittsburgh trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Columbus to Pittsburgh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Pittsburgh can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve
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Bicycle Heaven ©
Bicycle Heaven
Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve ©
Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve
Pittsburgh Glass Center Studios ©
Pittsburgh Glass Center Studios

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and then see the interesting displays at The National Archives Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and finally take an in-depth tour of National Portrait Gallery.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Washington DC trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Pittsburgh to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Pittsburgh in July; daily highs in Washington DC reach 89°F and lows reach 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Longwood Gardens, witness the site of a historic battle at Valley Forge National Historical Park, and then hike along Schuylkill River Trail. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Kelly Drive, admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market, then ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, and finally wander the streets of Rittenhouse Square.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Philadelphia itinerary website .

You can take a train from Washington DC to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to New York City.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Museums Classes

Side Trips

Valley Forge National Historical Park, Longwood Gardens
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Valley Forge National Historical Park ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral. You'll explore and learn at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yunhong Chopsticks. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Times Square, don't miss a visit to Empire State Building, see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, and get a taste of the local shopping with Fifth Avenue.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the New York City day trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to New York City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in New York City sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Boston.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Times Square ©
Times Square

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Boston

Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House and Granary Burying Ground. Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Hampton Beach State Park. Take a break from Boston with a short trip to Walden Pond State Reservation in Concord, about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, take a stroll through Newbury Street, steep yourself in history at Old South Meeting House, and explore the galleries of The Paul Revere House.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Boston travel planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Boston in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Boston, with lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Albany.

Things to do in Boston

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Concord, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Hampton Beach State Park
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts
Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House ©
Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

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Albany

Albany ©
Albany is the capital of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): learn more about the world around you at New York State Museum, then take an in-depth tour of USS Slater DE-766, then witness the site of a historic battle at Saratoga National Historical Park, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Albany Distilling Company. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the landscape on two wheels at Village Bike Rentals, then explore the world behind art at The Clark Art Institute, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Vischer Ferry Nature & Historic Preserve.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Albany online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Boston to Albany takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Albany are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Village Bike Rentals, Saratoga National Historical Park, The Clark Art Institute, Vischer Ferry Nature & Historic Preserve
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Saratoga National Historical Park ©
Saratoga National Historical Park
The Clark Art Institute ©
The Clark Art Institute
USS Slater DE-766 ©
USS Slater DE-766

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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Whirlpool State Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Niagara Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, then head outdoors with Niagara Jet Adventures, and then stroll through Devil's Hole State Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Niagara Falls trip planner .

Getting from Albany to Niagara Falls by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and flight. July in Niagara Falls sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to South Bend.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Niagara Jet Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
Devil's Hole State Park ©
Devil's Hole State Park

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South Bend

South Bend ©
South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sacred Heart, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes, then explore and take pictures at Dutch Creek Farm Animal Park, and finally shop like a local with The Village at Winona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Michigan City Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elkhart Environmental Center.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read South Bend trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Niagara Falls to South Bend takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July in South Bend, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in South Bend

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Michigan City Beach, Elkhart Environmental Center, Dutch Creek Farm Animal Park, The Village at Winona
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Basilica of the Sacred Heart ©
Basilica of the Sacred Heart
The Village at Winona ©
The Village at Winona
Dutch Creek Farm Animal Park ©
Dutch Creek Farm Animal Park

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