60 days in United States Itinerary

60 days in United States Itinerary

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Chicago
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Indianapolis
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Detroit
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Columbus
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Chicago — 14 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kids will enjoy Museum of Science and Industry and Shedd Aquarium. Change things up with these side-trips from Chicago: Chicago Botanic Garden (in Glencoe), Yorktown Center (in Lombard) and Brookfield Zoo (in Brookfield). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum, admire the landmark architecture of 360 Chicago Observation Deck, and don't miss a visit to Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago itinerary planner.

Washington DC to Chicago is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to Chicago due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in December: high temperatures in Chicago hover around 38°F and lows are around 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Indianapolis.
Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
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Indianapolis — 11 nights

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Children's Museum of Indianapolis and The Miller House and Garden. Explore Indianapolis' surroundings by going to kidscommons (in Columbus), Deming Park (in Terre Haute) and Neet Covered Bridge (in Rockville). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Seiberling Mansion, tour the pleasant surroundings at Indianapolis Museum of Art, get to know the resident critters at Indianapolis Zoo, and take an in-depth tour of Indiana Historical Society.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Indianapolis journey tool.

Fly from Chicago to Indianapolis in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Indianapolis is 1 hour. In January in Indianapolis, expect temperatures between 36°F during the day and 19°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Detroit.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
Side Trips

Detroit — 11 nights

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Family-friendly places like Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad and Alden Dow Home and Studio will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Detroit side-trips: Kalahari Waterparks (in Sandusky), Ferguson's Gallery (in Marblehead) and Frankenmuth (Bronner's Christmas Wonderland & Michigan Heroes Museum). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, and shop like a local with Meadow Brook Hall.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Detroit road trip planning app.

You can fly from Indianapolis to Detroit in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Detroit, expect temperatures between 32°F during the day and 19°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Columbus.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums
Side Trips

Columbus — 11 nights

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like National Museum of the US Air Force and Hocking Hills State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Columbus: Dover (J. E. Reeves Victorian Home & Carriage House Museum & Warther Museum), Rockbridge (Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve & Zipline) and Heritage Center of Clark County (in Springfield). There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, take a stroll through Easton Town Center, steep yourself in history at Carillon Historical Park, and Head underground at Ash Cave.

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You can fly from Detroit to Columbus in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Detroit in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Columbus, with highs around 41°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Milwaukee.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
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Milwaukee — 12 nights

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Basilica of St. Josaphat and Hughes Home Maid Chocolates. Venture out of the city with trips to Rotary Botanical Gardens (in Janesville), Madison (Memorial Union Terrace & Goodspeed Pier) and Safari Lake Geneva (in Lake Geneva). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Portage WWII History Museum, take a memorable drive along Highway 42, take in nature's colorful creations at Bookworm Gardens, and explore the engaging exhibits at Above and Beyond Childrens Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Milwaukee day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Columbus to Milwaukee takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Columbus to Milwaukee, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Columbus in February, expect Milwaukee to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°F and 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums
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United States travel guide

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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.