25 days in United States Itinerary

25 days in United States Itinerary

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Boston
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New York City
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Philadelphia
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Washington DC
— 3 nights
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Columbus
— 3 nights
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Cleveland
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Saint Louis
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Detroit
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Chicago
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Boston

— 3 nights

Beantown

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at North End and USS Constitution Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library and Old State House. Change things up with these side-trips from Boston: Salem (Salem Food Tours, Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery, &more) and Concord (Minute Man National Historical Park & Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House). Next up on the itinerary: step aboard USS Cassin Young, pause for some photo ops at The Mapparium, explore the world behind art at Harvard Art Museums, and get engrossed in the history at Buckman Tavern.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Boston road trip planning tool.

London, UK to Boston is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Boston. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to New York City.

Things to do in Boston

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

New York City

— 3 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to New York Public Library and Greenwich Village. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Ground Zero Museum Workshop, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, take a stroll through Dumbo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the New York City travel route builder site.

You can fly from Boston to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Boston in October, expect New York City to be a bit warmer, temps between 24°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Philadelphia

— 2 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
On the 8th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, take an in-depth tour of Independence Seaport Museum, browse the exhibits of Battleship New Jersey, then get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary, then admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, and finally examine the collection at Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Mercer Museum, explore the galleries of Michener Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, then contemplate the long history of Christ Church, then take an in-depth tour of National Liberty Museum, and finally shop like a local with Philadelphia's Magic Gardens.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Philadelphia trip planner.

Take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Washington DC

— 3 nights
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 National Museum of African American History and Culture and The National Archives Museum. Get some cultural insight at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Old Town, admire the natural beauty at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, examine the collection at Museum of the Bible, and appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Washington DC trip planner.

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Washington DC takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Washington DC are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can fly to Columbus.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Columbus

— 3 nights

The Discovery City

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 13th (Wed), stroll through Sharon Woods Metro Park, get engrossed in the history at Ohio History Center, sample some tasty brews at Pedal Wagon Columbus, then examine the collection at Central Ohio Fire Museum, and finally stop by Arena District. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Cantwell Cliffs, stroll through Rock Bridge, get engrossed in the history at Sherman House Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Motts Military Museum, and finally examine the collection at Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Columbus trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Columbus takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Washington DC in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Columbus, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cleveland.

Things to do in Columbus

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Cleveland

— 2 nights

Forest City

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Buckland Museum of Witchcraft & Magick. Get outdoors at Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail and Maple Highlands Trail. Explore Cleveland's surroundings by going to Kirtland Temple (in Kirtland), Hundley Cellars (in Geneva) and Laurentia Vineyard and Winery (in Madison). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, make a trip to Wade Memorial Chapel, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Kirtland, and stop by East 4th Street.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cleveland trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Columbus to Cleveland by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Cleveland are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Saint Louis

— 2 nights

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
On the 17th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, take an in-depth tour of Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bellefontaine Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at National Blues Museum, and finally visit Central West End.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Saint Louis online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Cleveland to Saint Louis in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cleveland to Saint Louis due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cleveland in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Saint Louis: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 11°C at night. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Detroit.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Detroit

— 2 nights

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
On the 20th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St. Mary's Church, get a new perspective on nature at DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, then steep yourself in history at Motown Museum, and finally examine the collection at Arab American National Museum. On the next day, trek along Paint Creek Trail, steep yourself in history at Yates Cider Mill, then explore the world behind art at Cranbrook Art Museum, and finally stop by Polish Art Center.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Detroit trip builder tool.

Getting from Saint Louis to Detroit by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Saint Louis to Detroit is 1 hour. When traveling from Saint Louis in October, plan for little chillier days in Detroit, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Chicago.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Chicago

— 3 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): examine the collection at Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank, see the interesting displays at Richard H. Driehaus Museum, then trek along Lakefront Trail, then wander the streets of The Loop, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverwalk Lot, brush up on your military savvy at Cantigny Park, take in the exciting artwork at Chicago Cultural Center, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chicago Riverwalk, and finally explore the activities along Chicago River.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Detroit to Chicago takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Detroit to Chicago. In October in Chicago, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
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.

Missouri travel guide

4.6
Theaters · Performances · Specialty Museums
The Show-Me State
Acquired from France as part of the famous Louisiana Purchase, Missouri offers visitors equal amounts of urban and rural tourist attractions, with a good sprinkling of lush valleys and meandering back roads ideal for leisurely road trips. The state has a highly varied geography, ranging from the till plains in the north to the rolling Ozark Mountains in the south. The state sits at the intersection of North America's three greatest rivers, creating fertile plains known for supporting extensive farms and ranches. Now generally considered part of the country's Midwest, most people used to count Missouri among the southern states, primarily due to its status as a slave state before the Civil War.