9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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Pittsburgh
— 1 night
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Sandusky
— 1 night
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Chicago
— 1 night
Fly to Minneapolis-St Paul International/Wold-Chamberlain Airport, Drive to Clear Lake
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Clear Lake
— 1 night
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Sioux Falls
— 1 night
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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 1 day

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Pittsburgh

— 1 night

City of Bridges

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): wander the streets of Strip District.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Pittsburgh trip itinerary maker.

Newark to Pittsburgh is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sandusky.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trip

Sandusky

— 1 night
Sandusky positively bustles in the summertime due to its famed amusement park.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): cool off at Castaway Bay Waterpark, then make a splash at Cedar Point, and then get in on the family fun at Ghostly Manor Thrill Center.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sandusky vacation maker app.

Getting from Pittsburgh to Sandusky by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Sandusky are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Sandusky

Theme Parks

Chicago

— 1 night

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Chicago online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Sandusky to Chicago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 63°F. On the 14th (Sun), you're off to Clear Lake.

Things to do in Chicago

Nightlife · Parks · Fun & Games · Outdoors

Clear Lake

— 1 night
Clear Lake is a city in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Clear Lake State Park, contemplate the long history of Stockman House Museum, then make a trip to Plane Crash Site of Buddy Holly, and finally admire the natural beauty at Central Gardens of North Iowa.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Clear Lake trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chicago to Clear Lake. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Chicago in June since evenings lows in Clear Lake dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Clear Lake

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sioux Falls

— 1 night
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, get a new perspective on nature at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Butterfly House & Aquarium, and finally don't miss a visit to Michelangelo's David replica.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sioux Falls trip planner.

You can drive from Clear Lake to Sioux Falls in 3.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Badlands National Park

— 2 nights
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
When in Badlands National Park, make a side trip to see South Dakota's Original 1880 Town in Murdo, approximately Murdo away. There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, get great views at Pinnacles Overlook, and identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June, daytime highs in Badlands National Park are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 1 day
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip builder site.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Colorado Springs in 9 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. June in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

United States travel guide

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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.