7 days in United States Itinerary

7 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: Chicago
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Chicago
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Indianapolis
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Cincinnati
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 45 min
4
Columbus
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  6 h
5
Hartford
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Chicago

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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lakefront Trail and Chicago River. Family-friendly places like Fox in a Box Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, let little ones run wild at Maggie Daley Park, admire the striking features of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Chicago trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Chicago. In July, daytime highs in Chicago are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Lake Michigan
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Lake Michigan ©
Lake Michigan
Fox in a Box Chicago ©
Fox in a Box Chicago
Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail

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Indianapolis

Indianapolis ©
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.
On the 9th (Thu), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Indianapolis Zoo, then examine the collection at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, and then make a trip to Central Canal.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Indianapolis trip planner.

You can drive from Chicago to Indianapolis in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Indianapolis due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Indianapolis Zoo ©
Indianapolis Zoo
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum ©
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

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Cincinnati

Cincinnati ©
Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Cincinnati Museum Center and then get in on the family fun at Kings Island.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cincinnati online holiday planner.

You can drive from Indianapolis to Cincinnati in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July in Cincinnati, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Columbus.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Kings Island
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Kings Island ©
Kings Island
Cincinnati Museum Center ©
Cincinnati Museum Center

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Columbus

Columbus ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at North Market Farmer's Market, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and then visit Short North Arts District.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Columbus trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Cincinnati to Columbus in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hartford.

Things to do in Columbus

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium ©
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Short North Arts District ©
Short North Arts District
North Market Farmer's Market ©
North Market Farmer's Market

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Hartford

Hartford ©
Hartford is the capital of the U.S. On the 12th (Sun), get curious at Connecticut Science Center, then contemplate the long history of The Mark Twain House & Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Elizabeth Park.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hartford trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Columbus to Hartford in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Hartford can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hartford

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Elizabeth Park
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Elizabeth Park ©
Elizabeth Park
Connecticut Science Center ©
Connecticut Science Center
The Mark Twain House & Museum ©
The Mark Twain House & Museum

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