36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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36 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 30​min
1
Munising
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Ontonagon
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Empire
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Hart
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Chicago
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Washington DC
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
New York City
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Westhampton Beach
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
9
North Creek
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
10
Niagara Falls
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Detroit

3
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. We've included these beaches for you: Sand Point Beach and 12-Mile Beach. Get in touch with nature at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Miners Castle Rock. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munising: Palms Book State Park (in Manistique) and Fayette Historic State Park (in Garden). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Miners Falls and take in the pleasant sights at Autrain Falls.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Munising trip planner .

Detroit to Munising is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Detroit in August: high temperatures in Munising hover around 74°F and lows are around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Palms Book State Park, 12-Mile Beach, Fayette Historic State Park
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Fayette Historic State Park ©
Fayette Historic State Park
Palms Book State Park
Palms Book State Park

3
nights
Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. Get some cultural insight at Mineral Museum of Michigan and Main Overlook. Visiting Bond Falls and Lake of the Clouds will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Copper Peak in Ironwood (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Porcupine Mountains State Park and trek along Little Carp River Trail.

To find out how to plan a trip to Ontonagon, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Munising to Ontonagon in 3 hours. In August in Ontonagon, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Empire.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Copper Peak, Mineral Museum of Michigan
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Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Mineral Museum of Michigan ©
Mineral Museum of Michigan
Porcupine Mountains State Park ©
Porcupine Mountains State Park

2
nights
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Point Betsie Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Elberta Beach, and then stroll through Lake Michigan Beach Park. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Empire Bluff Trail, get to know the fascinating history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lake Ann Brewing Company.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Empire tour planner .

Traveling by car from Ontonagon to Empire takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. August in Empire sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hart.

Things to do in Empire

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lake Ann Brewing Company, Elberta Beach, Point Betsie Lighthouse
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Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse
Lake Ann Brewing Company ©
Lake Ann Brewing Company

1
night
Hart

Hart ©
Hart is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Little Sable Point Lighthouse, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, and then grab your bike and head to William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hart route maker app .

Traveling by car from Empire to Hart takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Hart are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Hart

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Little Sable Point Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Little Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Little Sable Point Lighthouse

5
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
We've included these beaches for you: Bender Park Waterfront and Whihala Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Rosewood Beach and Weko Park. Take a break from Chicago with a short trip to Silver Beach County Park in Saint Joseph, about 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, contemplate the long history of Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fourth Presbyterian Church.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Chicago day trip app .

Drive from Hart to Chicago in 4 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Hart in August, expect Chicago to be somewhat warmer, temps between 83°F and 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oak Park, Whihala Beach, Bender Park Waterfront, Weko Park, Silver Beach County Park
Highlights from your plan
Rosewood Beach ©
Rosewood Beach
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Field Museum ©
Field Museum

5
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.
National Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art will appeal to museum buffs. Get outdoors at Antietam National Battlefield and Stony Man Mountain Hike. Change things up with these side-trips from Washington DC: Gettysburg National Military Park (in Gettysburg) and Old Rag Mountain Hike (in Shenandoah National Park). There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, examine the collection at The National Archives Museum, steep yourself in history at Georgetown University, and admire the striking features of Washington National Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Washington DC takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Washington DC due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Old Rag Mountain Hike, Gettysburg National Military Park, Antietam National Battlefield, Stony Man Mountain Overlook
Highlights from your plan
Old Rag Mountain Hike ©
Old Rag Mountain Hike
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

6
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as 9/11 Memorial and New York City Hall are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York Public Library. Change things up with a short trip to Point Lookout Beach in Point Lookout (about 44 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Times Square, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), shop like a local with Fifth Avenue, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the New York City trip app .

Getting from Washington DC to New York City by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Westhampton Beach.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Point Lookout Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©

4
nights
Westhampton Beach

Westhampton Beach ©
The Incorporated Village of Westhampton Beach is an incorporated village on the southeast coast of Long Island. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cupsogue Beach County Park and Amsterdam Beach Preserve. Escape the urban bustle at Joel L. Lefkowitz Park at West Meadow Beach and Foster Memorial Beach. When in Westhampton Beach, make a side trip to see Waters Crest Winery in Cutchogue, approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Shinnecock East County Park and stroll through Pike's Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Westhampton Beach online vacation builder .

Getting from New York City to Westhampton Beach by car takes about 2 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in September; daily highs in Westhampton Beach reach 75°F and lows reach 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to North Creek.

Things to do in Westhampton Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Southampton, Foster Memorial Beach, Joel L. Lefkowitz Park at West Meadow Beach, Amsterdam Beach Preserve, Waters Crest Winery
Highlights from your plan
Cupsogue Beach County Park ©
Cupsogue Beach County Park
Ponquogue Beach ©
Ponquogue Beach
Waters Crest Winery ©
Waters Crest Winery

2
nights
North Creek

North Creek ©
North Creek is a census-designated place and hamlet in the Adirondack Park, in the town of Johnsburg, in Warren County, New York, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Natural Stone Bridge and Caves, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Schroon Lake Town Beach, and then get outside with Square Eddy Expeditions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): kick back and relax at Moffitt Beach and then kick back and relax at Hague Town Beach Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our North Creek online vacation planner .

You can drive from Westhampton Beach to North Creek in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect little chillier evenings in North Creek when traveling from Westhampton Beach in September, with lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in North Creek

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Schroon Lake Town Beach, Hague Town Beach Park, Natural Stone Bridge and Caves, Moffitt Beach
Highlights from your plan
Square Eddy Expeditions ©
Square Eddy Expeditions
Moffitt Beach ©
Moffitt Beach

4
nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Escape the urban bustle at Cave of the Winds and Niagara Falls. There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Devil's Hole State Park, step off the mainland to explore Three Sisters Island, head outdoors with Niagara Jet Adventures, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Oakwood Cemetery Heritage Foundation.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Niagara Falls day trip planner.

Traveling by car from North Creek to Niagara Falls takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from North Creek in September, Niagara Falls is a bit warmer at night with lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature 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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