9 days in Cleveland, Greater Niagara & Pittsburgh Itinerary

9 days in Cleveland, Greater Niagara & Pittsburgh Itinerary

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9 days in Cleveland, Greater Niagara & Pittsburgh Itinerary

Start: Franklin
Drive:  9​h
1
Cleveland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Niagara Falls
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Pittsburgh
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
End: Franklin

2
nights
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.
On the 30th (Fri), take a stroll through The Flats and then wander the streets of Warehouse District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Portside, see the interesting displays at Steamship William G. Mather, and then stroll through Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cleveland visit planning tool .

Franklin to Cleveland is an approximately 6-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Franklin in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cleveland: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 67°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Cleveland

Neighborhoods Trails Outdoors
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The Flats ©
The Flats
Portside ©
Portside
Steamship William G. Mather ©
Steamship William G. Mather

4
nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Get in touch with nature at Devil's Hole State Park and Niagara Wine Trail USA. There's still lots to do: play a few rounds at Hyde Park Golf Course, see the interesting displays at Niagara Science Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary of the Cataract R. C. Parish, and take in the pleasant sights at Goat Island.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Niagara Falls trip planner .

You can drive from Cleveland to Niagara Falls in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Cleveland in September, plan for little chillier nights in Niagara Falls, with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

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Devil's Hole State Park ©
Devil's Hole State Park
Goat Island ©
Goat Island
Hyde Park Golf Course ©
Hyde Park Golf Course

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Allegheny Cemetery and then trek along Three Rivers Heritage Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and then wander the streets of Shadyside.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Pittsburgh trip builder website .

Drive from Niagara Falls to Pittsburgh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In September in Pittsburgh, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 57°F at night. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Childrens Museums Museums Trails
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Children's Museum of Pittsburgh ©
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
Shadyside ©
Shadyside