60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip maker

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Boston
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
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North Conway
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Stowe
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New York City
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Philadelphia
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Niagara Falls
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Cleveland
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Traverse City
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Indianapolis
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Chicago
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Wisconsin Dells
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Minneapolis
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Glacier National Park
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Seattle
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Juneau
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Boston

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Marginal Way Walkway. Change things up with these side-trips from Boston: Plymouth (Plimoth Patuxet & Brewster Gardens), Perkins Cove (in Ogunquit) and Heritage Museums & Gardens (in Sandwich). The adventure continues: visit North End, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, take an in-depth tour of Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, and stroll around Boston Public Garden.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Boston road trip planning site.

Manchester, UK to Boston is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to Boston, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in August; daily highs in Boston reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Boston

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

— 3 nights
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Cadillac Mountain and Shore Path. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, trek along Ocean Path, don't miss a visit to Land Bridge to Bar Island, and take in the dramatic natural features at Thunder Hole.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bar Harbor road trip planning site.

You can fly from Boston to Bar Harbor in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, Bar Harbor is a bit cooler than Boston - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to North Conway.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

North Conway

— 4 nights
North Conway combines colonial New England architecture with outlet shops selling goods from some of the world's most recognizable brands, all set amid the scenery of the White Mountains.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Santa's Village and Flume Gorge. You'll find plenty of places to visit near North Conway: The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park (in Franconia) and Mt. Washington Auto Road (in Gorham). And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Kancamagus Highway, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Ledge, admire the sheer force of Diana's Baths, and find something for the whole family at Story Land.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the North Conway tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Bar Harbor to North Conway by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September, daily temperatures in North Conway can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Stowe.

Things to do in North Conway

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Stowe

— 2 nights

The Ski Capital of the East

Stowe bustles in winter when skiers and snowboarders flock here to challenge themselves on the long, steep trails careening down Vermont's tallest peak, Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Shelburne Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Stowe Recreation Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Church Street Marketplace and then trek along Burlington Bike Path.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Stowe road trip app.

Traveling by car from North Conway to Stowe takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Stowe when traveling from North Conway in September, with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to New York City.

Things to do in Stowe

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

New York City

— 5 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 St. Paul's Chapel. And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, explore the galleries of 9/11 Memorial, and stop by Times Square.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our New York City trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Stowe to New York City by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Stowe in September, things will get a bit warmer in New York City: highs are around 31°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Philadelphia

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Independence National Historical Park and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Venture out of the city with trips to Kitchen Kettle Village (in Intercourse) and Lancaster (Dutch Wonderland & The Amish Farm and House). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary, trek along Schuylkill River Trail, steep yourself in history at Independence Hall, and examine the collection at National Constitution Center.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia trip maker site.

You can take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to fly to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Niagara Falls

— 2 nights

Honeymoon Capital of the World

The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S. half of the famous waterfall that straddles the border between Canada and the United States.
On the 23rd (Sat), observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of Niagara, trek along Niagara Gorge Trail, and then hike along Devil's Hole State Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Goat Island, then Head underground at Cave of the Winds, then admire the sheer force of Niagara Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Niagara Falls road trip planning site.

Fly from Philadelphia to Niagara Falls in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Philadelphia in September, things will get little chillier in Niagara Falls: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cleveland.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art and then examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at A Christmas Story House and then hunt for treasures at West Side Market.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cleveland vacation tool.

Getting from Niagara Falls to Cleveland by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Niagara Falls in September, Cleveland is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Traverse City.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Traverse City

— 2 nights

Cherry Capital of the World

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Traverse City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cleveland to Traverse City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cleveland in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Traverse City, with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Traverse City

Tours · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors

Side Trip

Indianapolis

— 2 nights

Circle City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): examine the collection at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Indianapolis Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Indianapolis and then stroll through Indianapolis Museum of Art.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Indianapolis trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Traverse City to Indianapolis in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Traverse City in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Indianapolis, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Chicago.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Chicago

— 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Explore hidden gems such as Lake Michigan and 360 Chicago Observation Deck. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, meet the residents at Lincoln Park Zoo, walk around Millennium Park, and engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Chicago trip planner.

Fly from Indianapolis to Chicago in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to Chicago is minus 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Wisconsin Dells

— 3 nights

Waterpark Capital of the World

Named after a nearby scenic gorge famous for its steep sandstone formations, Wisconsin Dells features more than 20 water parks, making it one of the most popular vacation areas in this region.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zipline and Devil's Lake State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Wisconsin State Capitol (in Madison) and Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center (in Spring Green). The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Original Wisconsin Ducks and walk around Wisconsin Deer Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Wisconsin Dells trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Chicago to Wisconsin Dells in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Chicago in October; daily highs in Wisconsin Dells reach 18°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Minneapolis

— 2 nights

The City of Lakes

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park, and then make a trip to Minnehaha Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Nickelodeon Universe and then buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Minneapolis online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Wisconsin Dells to Minneapolis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Minneapolis can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Medora.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Medora

— 2 nights
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of South Unit.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Medora trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Minneapolis to Medora in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Medora due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Medora when traveling from Minneapolis in October, with lows around 0°C. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Medora

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Glacier National Park

— 4 nights

Crown of the Continent

The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Going-to-the-Sun Road and Iceberg Lake Trail. There's much more to do: admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass, explore the activities along Swiftcurrent Falls, admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall.

Plan a Glacier National Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Fly from Medora to Glacier National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In October in Glacier National Park, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Seattle.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Seattle

— 5 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Hurricane Ridge. Go for a jaunt from Seattle to Mukilteo to see Boeing Future of Flight about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, take in the exciting artwork at Glasshouse Studio, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Seattle Aquarium.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Seattle attractions planner.

You can fly from Glacier National Park to Seattle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Glacier National Park to Seattle due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Glacier National Park in October; daily highs in Seattle reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Juneau.

Things to do in Seattle

Tours · Wineries · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Juneau

— 4 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tracy Arm Fjord and Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls, head outdoors with Northern Passages and Glacier Bay, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Juneau trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Seattle to Juneau by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Seattle to Juneau, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, Juneau is a bit cooler than Seattle - with highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Anchorage.

Things to do in Juneau

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Anchorage

— 4 nights

The City of Lights and Flowers

Home to nearly half of Alaska's population, the port city of Anchorage covers a staggering area of over 4,900 sq km (1,900 sq mi) surrounded by mountains.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rail Tours and Boat Tours & Water Sports. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, steep yourself in history at Alaska Native Heritage Center, see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, and take a memorable drive along Seward Hwy.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Anchorage attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Anchorage takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Anchorage when traveling from Juneau in October, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Massachusetts travel guide

4.3
History Museums · Art Museums · Historic Walking Areas
The Bay State
Known as the "Bay State" because of the three bays dominating its coastline, Massachusetts has played a significant cultural and commercial role through most of the country's history. An increasingly popular vacation destination for foreign travelers, Massachusetts offers numerous places to visit, ranging from historical sites to modern urban centers famous for their culinary, art, and nightlife scenes. With the majority of its population living in and around the city of Boston, in the 20th century Massachusetts went from a state largely dependent on fishing and agriculture to the country's leader in higher education, healthcare, high technology, and financial services. Home to renowned universities and research centers, the state's cities attract a young crowd of students, scientists, artists, and business professionals.

Maine travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Lighthouses · Mountains
The Pine Tree State
The easternmost state in New England, Maine features an indented coastline and forested interior, carved eons ago by receding glaciers. Maine includes more lighthouses and quaint resort villages than you could ever hope to explore in a single trip, but the state is also one of the country's most sparsely populated, the majority of its land pristine and uninhabited wilderness. The temperate coastal regions, historically supported by fishing and lobstering, contain most of the state's urban centers and are the most popular spots in the state for holidays. The sea is the focus here, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that water plays an important role in the distinct character of the state, shaping its economy, tourism, cuisine, politics, sports, and art.

New Hampshire travel guide

4.6
Waterfalls · Theme Parks · Ski Areas
The Granite State
One of the country's smallest and least populous states, New Hampshire's wealth of recreational offerings make it a popular vacation destination. Its many pristine natural areas attract skiers, snowmobilers, hikers, and mountaineers from around the world. Named after a county in England, New Hampshire was the first of the North American colonies to establish a government independent of Great Britain's authority. Though New Hampshire's official nickname refers to its extensive granite formations and quarries, the state's license plates carry the motto "Live Free or Die," reflecting the sense of independence prized by the famously terse natives. Find out why America's artists continue to find inspiration in New Hampshire by taking a trip to its quaint villages and sightseeing in the area's old colonial towns.

Vermont travel guide

4.5
Gift & Specialty Shops · Ski Areas · Hiking Trails
The Green Mountain State
Known for its autumn foliage and maple syrup, Vermont is one of the country's smallest states in terms of both population and geographic area. Despite its small size and mostly rural character, the state boasts many picturesque places to visit, including Lake Champlain, one of the nation's largest freshwater bodies. Split in half by the Green Mountains--a popular holiday destination for hiking and skiing--Vermont features a rolling landscape dotted with farms and quaint towns known for their family-run inns, antique shops, and restaurants. Be sure to explore the state's many wild areas while on vacation, but beware of the so-called "mud season," a period of a few weeks when the state's unpaved roads become undrivable due to spring thaw.

New York State travel guide

4.5
Scenic Walking Areas · Observation Decks · Monuments
The Empire State
Home to the country's most populous city, the state of New York is a major gateway for immigration into the United States, but also one of the nation's prime holiday destinations. Take a trip down the state's numerous wilderness trails and scenic roads to visit quaint small towns, sandy beaches, historical estates, and artist colonies. Though the majority of visitors head for the big-city restaurants, theaters, and museums, you can venture deeper into the rugged and remote mountain areas to discover a world of picturesque forests, rivers, mountains, and lakes. New York also boasts the nation's largest forest preserve, encompassing much of the northeastern lobe of the state.

Pennsylvania travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Casinos · Specialty Museums
The Keystone State
One of the country's 13 original founding states, Pennsylvania contains a balance of modern cities and fertile fields. A rich and varied state with a colorful history dating back to colonial times, it remains a worthy holiday destination with its well-preserved 19th-century battle sites and memorial parks. This diverse land is home to pristine forests and rugged mountain regions. For an urban experience, visit the state's university cities, offering numerous tourist attractions as well as thriving music, performance, art, and culinary scenes. The region's Amish country provides a weekend getaway in a picturesque setting of quaint towns surrounded by rolling hills and fertile farmland.

Ohio travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Casinos · Water Parks
The Buckeye State
Nicknamed the "Heart of It All" because of its heart-like shape, Ohio is perhaps best described as a mosaic of big cities and small towns, with vast tracts of farmland in between. Always a major industrial and political player in the country, the state was the home to eight American presidents and the Wright brothers, inventors of the airplane. The first man to walk on the Moon came from Ohio, as did 23 other astronauts. More than just an overachiever in science, industry, and politics, the state is also a serious holiday destination, featuring both traditional Amish farms and bustling cities with a great selection of things to do.

Michigan travel guide

4.7
Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.

Indiana travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Room Escape Games · Specialty Museums
The Hoosier State
With an extensive history of motorsports, Indiana's main claim to fame is the popular automobile race held each year in its capital city. A mostly rural state, Indiana is a land of till plains and lakes, its appearance a result of traces left behind by receding glaciers. The central section of the state, mostly flat with some rolling hills, contains some of the country's most fertile farmland. The state also contains almost 39,000 km (24,000 mi) of waterways, including the Wabash River, the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. For a genuine "Hoosier" experience, tour the state's slow-paced small towns, noted for their hospitality and outstanding local cuisine. You'll remember the warmth and charm long after your vacation is over.

Illinois travel guide

4.3
Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.

Wisconsin travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Water Parks · Zoos
The Badger State
Wisconsin is known as "America's Dairyland" because of its status as the nation's most famous producer of milk and cheese. A growing favorite with foreign tourists, the state is a perfect holiday destination for nature lovers, offering year-round outdoor activities like fishing, boating, kayaking, and hiking. Dotted with thousands of inland lakes and waterways alongside apple and cherry orchards, Wisconsin also offers numerous urban tourist attractions, its cities hosting renowned beer and art festivals each year.

Minnesota travel guide

4.4
Room Escape Games · History Museums · Shopping Malls
The Land of 10,000 Lakes
Deriving its name from the Dakota word for "land of sky-tinted water," Minnesota is a land of pristine lakes, pockets of dense green forests, and sprawling prairieland. Spend your vacation exploring the state's diverse landscape for endless outdoor activity and a chance to see some of the area's national monuments, or take a trip to the bustling St. Paul-Minneapolis area, a network of commerce and cultural attractions, including the famous Mall of America.

North Dakota travel guide

4.5
National Parks · History Museums · Performances
Geographic Center of the North American Continent
A primarily rural state, North Dakota is the ancient home of the Lakota tribe. Norwegian settlers once made up the European population, and one of the state's major attractions is the Norsk Høstfest, the largest Norwegian festival in the United States. The vast plains and never-ending sky inspire the many orchestras that call the state home. The spirituality of the music is second only to the spirituality of the people, as the state has the nation's highest percentage of churchgoing residents. The state's open fields are conducive to fishing, hunting, and winter activities.

Montana travel guide

4.7
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.

Washington State travel guide

4.2
Art Galleries · Observation Decks · Specialty Museums
The Evergreen State
A state with two distinct faces, Washington features a landscape split apart by the Cascade Mountains, separating the damp forested areas to the west from the irrigated farmland to the east. Named after the country's first president, Washington is the second most populous state in the western United States. Nearly 60 percent of its population lives in the Seattle metropolitan area, one of the state's most popular holiday destinations. A land of over 1,000 dams, Washington is a leading producer of products as diverse as wine, lumber, apples, hops, pears, and potatoes. A big contributor to the nation's manufacturing industries, the state also boasts a cosmopolitan culture with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and a selection of small cafes, bars, and restaurants.

Alaska travel guide

4.5
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Fishing Charters & Tours
The Last Frontier
The country's largest state, Alaska is also its least densely populated. America's final frontier, the state lies on the Arctic Circle and features some of the highest mountains in the United States. Today, several million people flock annually to the state's pristine wilderness areas, which shelter a diverse plant and animal life and offer a great selection of things to do. Tailor-made for adventurous types wishing to leave civilization behind, Alaska can also be an extremely expensive vacation destination, with few transportation options and much of its land accessible only by plane or helicopter.