41 days in Michigan, Ohio & East Coast of USA Itinerary

41 days in Michigan, Ohio & East Coast of USA Itinerary

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41 days in Michigan, Ohio & East Coast of USA Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+2
Ferry + Fly + Bus:  3​h 30​min
1
Detroit
— Few hours
Train:  1​h
2
Ann Arbor
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Cleveland
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Cincinnati
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
5
Orlando, Florida
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Miami, Florida
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Key West
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Arlington
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​min
9
Washington DC
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
New York City
— 8 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Ferry:  4​h 45​min
End: Toronto

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): examine the collection at The Henry Ford and then admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Detroit trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Detroit is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Ann Arbor.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums

Side Trip

The Henry Ford
Highlights from your plan
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford

2
nights
Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor ©
Ann Arbor is a city in the U.S. On the 23rd (Sun), immerse yourself in nature at Island Lake State Recreation Area, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Creature Conservancy, and then partake in some friendly competition at Decode Detroit. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Yost Ice Arena and then explore and take pictures at Michigan Stadium.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Ann Arbor itinerary builder website .

Traveling by train from Detroit to Ann Arbor takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Ann Arbor are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cleveland.

Things to do in Ann Arbor

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trip

Island Lake State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Creature Conservancy ©
The Creature Conservancy
Hill Auditorium ©
Hill Auditorium
Michigan Stadium ©
Michigan Stadium

4
nights
Cleveland

Cleveland ©
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 Cleveland's surroundings by going to Mill Creek Park (in Canfield), Warther Museum (in Dover) and Akron (F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm & Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, enjoy some friendly competition at Bay Lanes Bowling, and stroll through Rocky River Reservation.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cleveland route builder site .

Drive from Ann Arbor to Cleveland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Ann Arbor in December; daily highs in Cleveland reach 6°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Cleveland

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Akron, Warther Museum, Bay Lanes Bowling, Mill Creek Park
Highlights from your plan
The Cleveland Museum of Art ©
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Bay Lanes Bowling ©
Bay Lanes Bowling
Warther Museum ©
Warther Museum

1
night
Cincinnati

Cincinnati ©
Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): get lost in a book at The Mercantile Library, then look for all kinds of wild species at Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, and then put a fun spin on your tour with Houdini's Room Escape.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cincinnati trip planner .

You can fly from Cleveland to Cincinnati in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Houdini's Room Escape ©
Houdini's Room Escape
Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum ©
Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum
The Mercantile Library ©
The Mercantile Library

6
nights
Orlando, Florida

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Pack the 30th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal's Islands of Adventure. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 4th (Fri) at Discovery Cove. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Walt Disney World Resort, make an unforgettable trip to Magic Kingdom Park, look for gifts at The LEGO Store Downtown Disney, and try out the rides at Happily Ever After Fireworks.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Orlando trip builder app .

You can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train from Cincinnati to Orlando in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cincinnati in December, things will get warmer in Orlando: highs are around 29°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Miami.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Magic Kingdom Park ©
Magic Kingdom Park
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Discovery Cove ©
Discovery Cove

5
nights
Miami, Florida

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Miami: Everglades National Park (Shark Valley, Slough Slog, & more) and Burr's Berry Farm (in Goulds). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, get to know the fascinating history of Art Deco Tours, see the interesting displays at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and take a stroll through Lincoln Road.

Plan a Miami trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Orlando to Miami takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, Miami is a bit warmer than Orlando - with highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Key West.

Things to do in Miami

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Everglades National Park, Coral Gables, Burr's Berry Farm
Highlights from your plan
Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden ©
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Gumbo Limbo Trail ©
Gumbo Limbo Trail

6
nights
Key West

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Key West is known for adventure, museums, nightlife, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore the galleries of Truman Little White House, and take in the waterfront at Mallory Square.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Key West trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Miami to Key West in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. January in Key West sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Arlington.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©

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Arlington

Arlington ©
Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
Get out of town with these interesting Arlington side-trips: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (in Chantilly) and National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Tomb of the Unknowns, step off the mainland to explore Theodore Roosevelt Island Park, stroll through Mount Vernon Trail, and pause for some photo ops at U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Arlington day trip website .

Getting from Key West to Arlington by combination of flight and subway takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Key West in January; daily highs in Arlington reach 7°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Washington DC.

Things to do in Arlington

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, National Museum of the Marine Corps
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the Marine Corps ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Mount Vernon Trail ©
Mount Vernon Trail

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.
Step out of Washington DC to go to Frederick and see Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, ponder the world of politics at Library of Congress, and examine the collection at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip itinerary planner.

Washington DC is very close to Arlington. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience
Highlights from your plan
Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience ©
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum

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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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, and admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for New York City using our trip planner.

You can fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in New York City, with lows of -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building

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