5 days in United States Itinerary

5 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

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Chicago
— 1 night
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Cleveland
— 1 night
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Buffalo
— 1 night
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Hershey
— 1 night
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Chicago

— 1 night

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): stroll through Millennium Park, then engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, and then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago.

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

Ames to Chicago is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Chicago when traveling from Ames in December, with lows around 26°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Cleveland.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Cleveland

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art and then admire the striking features of Heinen's Downtown.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cleveland online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Cleveland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Cleveland due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°F in January, and nighttime lows around 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Buffalo.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums · Historic Sites

Buffalo

— 1 night

Queen City

The most populous city in the state after New York, Buffalo serves as the gateway to Niagara Falls and Canada for many travelers.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Buffalo online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cleveland to Buffalo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Buffalo can reach 32°F, while at night they dip to 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Hershey.

Things to do in Buffalo

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Hershey

— 1 night

Chocolatetown, USA

Home of the Hershey Chocolate Company, the town of Hershey is regularly referred to as the sweetest place on earth.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): meet the residents at ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park and then get a sense of history and politics at Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Capitol Complex.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hershey online visit planner.

You can fly from Buffalo to Hershey in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°F in January, and nighttime lows around 22°F. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Hershey

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Beaches
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.