8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

Make it your trip
Drive
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Lansing
— 1 day
Drive
2
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Maswik Lodge
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Newark
4
New York City
— 2 nights
Train
5
Washington DC
— 2 nights
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Drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Fly to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Drive to Flint

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Lansing

— 1 day
Lansing is the capital of the US state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Woldumar Nature Center, then walk around Hawk Island Park, and then make a trip to Lansing's First Capital Building.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lansing online route builder.

Flint to Lansing is an approximately 1-hour car ride. July in Lansing sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Lansing

Parks · Wildlife

Chicago

— 1 night

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 14th (Tue), ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain, then walk around Millennium Park, and then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago.

Discover how to plan a Chicago trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Lansing to Chicago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lansing to Chicago due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lansing in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Chicago, with lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks

Grand Canyon National Park

— 1 night
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): stroll through South Kaibab Trail, then take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park tour itinerary builder.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Chicago to Grand Canyon National Park in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Grand Canyon National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

New York City

— 2 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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, and visit Times Square.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the New York City itinerary maker app.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to New York City by combination of bus and flight takes about 13 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 72°F in New York City. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Washington DC

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, appreciate the history behind Washington Monument, then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art. Here are some ideas for day two: get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, see the interesting displays at The National Archives Museum, then appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial, and finally ponder the world of politics at White House.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Washington DC trip planner.

You can take a train from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Washington DC are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.