8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: Des Moines
Fly:  5 h
1
Detroit
— Few hours
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Cincinnati
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h
3
Cleveland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Pittsburgh
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
New York City
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Philadelphia
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Washington DC
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Des Moines

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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): examine the collection at The Henry Ford and then get engrossed in the history at Detroit Cultural Center Historic District.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Detroit trip website.

Des Moines to Detroit is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Des Moines to Detroit. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Henry Ford
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford

1
night
Cincinnati

Cincinnati ©
Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Plum Street Temple, examine the collection at Vent Haven Museum, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Immaculata Church, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cincinnati driving holiday planning website.

You can fly from Detroit to Cincinnati in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Cincinnati are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cleveland.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Vent Haven Museum
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption ©
Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption
Vent Haven Museum ©
Vent Haven Museum
Immaculata Church ©
Immaculata Church

1
night
Cleveland

Cleveland ©
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 18th (Sat): examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cleveland trip itinerary website.

Getting from Cincinnati to Cleveland by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cincinnati in May: highs in Cleveland hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church
Highlights from your plan
The Cleveland Museum of Art ©
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ©
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church ©
St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church

1
night
Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh ©
Known primarily for its steel-related heritage and 446 bridges, Pittsburgh sits at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which meet to form the Ohio River.
On the 19th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, examine the collection at Bayernhof Museum, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Saint Anthony Chapel, and finally see the interesting displays at Bicycle Heaven.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Pittsburgh vacation planner.

You can drive from Cleveland to Pittsburgh in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Pittsburgh are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka, Bayernhof Museum
Highlights from your plan
Bicycle Heaven ©
Bicycle Heaven
Bayernhof Museum ©
Bayernhof Museum
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens ©
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

2
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
On the 20th (Mon), browse the exhibits of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul's Chapel, thenpause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ellis Island. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and then take in the pleasant sights at Central Park.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City road trip site.

You can fly from Pittsburgh to New York City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in New York City are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Ellis Island ©
Ellis Island

1
night
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 22nd (Wed), contemplate the long history of Elfreth's Alley, thenget a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, thenexplore the world behind art at Barnes Foundation, and finally admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia trip maker website.

You can take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Philadelphia sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Barnes Foundation ©
Barnes Foundation
Elfreth's Alley ©
Elfreth's Alley

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Washington National Cathedral.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Washington DC online travel planner.

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Washington DC takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Highlights from your plan
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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