24 days in United States Itinerary

24 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States attractions planner
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Chicago
— 4 nights
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Milwaukee
— 3 nights
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Minneapolis
— 2 nights
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Waterloo
— 1 night
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Iowa City
— 2 nights
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Moline
— 3 nights
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Springfield
— 2 nights
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Indianapolis
— 3 nights
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Dayton
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Chicago — 4 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Chicago day trip planner.

Dayton to Chicago is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dayton to Chicago due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Milwaukee.
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Milwaukee — 3 nights

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Lynden Sculpture Garden, then sample the tasty concoctions at Lakefront Brewery, and then see the interesting displays at Harley-Davidson Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Pabst Mansion, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Milwaukee County Zoo, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at MobCraft Beer.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Milwaukee route builder site.

Drive from Chicago to Milwaukee in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Milwaukee sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Minneapolis.
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Minneapolis — 2 nights

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.
Minneapolis is known for fun & games, museums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Minnehaha Park, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, make a trip to Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory.

Discover how to plan a Minneapolis trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Milwaukee to Minneapolis by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. September in Minneapolis sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Waterloo.
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Waterloo — 1 night

Waterloo is a city in and the county seat of Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): examine the collection at John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then experience rural life at Hansen's Farm Fresh Dairy.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Waterloo trip site.

Traveling by car from Minneapolis to Waterloo takes 3.5 hours. September in Waterloo sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Iowa City.
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Iowa City — 2 nights

Iowa City is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. On the 1st (Sat), deepen your understanding at University of Iowa, explore the engaging exhibits at The Iowa Children's Museum, and then look for gifts at A J's Copper Garden. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, browse the exhibits of Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, and then experience rural life at Wilson's Orchard.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Iowa City road trip planning app.

You can drive from Waterloo to Iowa City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Iowa City are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Moline.
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Moline — 3 nights

Moline is a city located in Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Moline: Galena (Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. & Ulysses S. Grant Home). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House, look for gifts at John Deere Store, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antique Archeology, and try your luck at Jumer's Casino Rock Island.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Moline sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Iowa City to Moline takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Moline can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Springfield.
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Springfield — 2 nights

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
On the 6th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Lincoln Memorial Garden, steep yourself in history at Lincoln Home National Historic Site, and then steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and then make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Springfield visit planning site.

Getting from Moline to Springfield by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In October, daily temperatures in Springfield can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Indianapolis.
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Indianapolis — 3 nights

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.
Explore Indianapolis' surroundings by going to Indiana Grand Racing & Casino (in Shelbyville), Hunters Honey Farm (in Martinsville) and Anderson Orchard (in Mooresville). There's lots more to do: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, see the interesting displays at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, and relax in the rural setting at The Sky Farm at Eskenazi Health.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Indianapolis driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Springfield to Indianapolis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Springfield to Indianapolis due to the time zone difference. October in Indianapolis sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Dayton.
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Dayton — 2 nights

Home of airplane pioneers the Wright brothers, Dayton prides itself on its inventors, including Charles F. Kettering, inventor of the automobile self starter.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dayton: Jungle Jim's International Market (in Fairfield) and Balloon Rides (in Lebanon). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at National Museum of the US Air Force, explore the world behind art at Dayton Art Institute, contemplate the long history of Carillon Historical Park, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Dayton trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Indianapolis to Dayton in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.
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United States travel guide

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More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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