8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

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.
To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Detroit trip planner.

Des Moines to Detroit is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Des Moines to Detroit is 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Detroit are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Henry Ford
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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.
On the 17th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Plum Street Temple, examine the collection at Vent Haven Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Immaculata Church, and finally stroll the grounds of Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cincinnati day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Detroit to Cincinnati takes 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cleveland.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Vent Haven Museum
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, then explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Cleveland Metroparks.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cleveland trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Cincinnati to Cleveland takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cincinnati, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Cleveland, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church
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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), take in nature's colorful creations at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, examine the collection at Bayernhof Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Anthony Chapel, and finally see the interesting displays at Bicycle Heaven.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Pittsburgh sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Cleveland to Pittsburgh in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka, Bayernhof Museum
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Bicycle Heaven ©
Bicycle Heaven
Bayernhof Museum ©
Bayernhof Museum

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), explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul's Chapel, then pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, and finally take an in-depth tour of Ellis Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and then take in the pleasant sights at Central Park.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the New York City trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Pittsburgh to New York City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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, then get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, then admire the masterpieces at Barnes Foundation, and finally explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Philadelphia travel route planner .

You can take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Barnes Foundation ©
Barnes Foundation

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): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Tomb of the Unknowns, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Washington DC tour planner .

You can take a train from Philadelphia to Washington DC in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can 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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