8 days in Detroit & Washington DC Itinerary

8 days in Detroit & Washington DC Itinerary

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8 days in Detroit & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Detroit
1
Detroit
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Washington DC
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Detroit

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Sat), examine the collection at Greenfield Village, then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, and finally admire the local landmark of James Scott Memorial Fountain. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, steep yourself in history at Motown Museum, then partake in some friendly competition at Decode Ann Arbor, and finally have some family-friendly fun at BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Detroit visit planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Detroit. In August, daytime highs in Detroit are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dearborn, BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League, Decode Ann Arbor
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Washington DC: Horseshoe Casino (in Baltimore), Gettysburg (Virginia Memorial, Gettysburg National Cemetery, & more) and Dragon Distillery, LLC (in Frederick). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Washington DC online road trip planner .

Fly from Detroit to Washington DC in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Detroit in August: high temperatures in Washington DC hover around 87°F and lows are around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Horseshoe Casino, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Dragon Distillery, LLC
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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