9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Pittsburgh
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Cleveland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Detroit
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Kansas City
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

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 1st (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Washington and then examine the collection at Bicycle Heaven. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Point State Park, then explore and take pictures at PNC Park, then view the masterpieces at Pittsburgh Glass Center Studios, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Pittsburgh sightseeing planner .

Washington DC to Pittsburgh is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in August; daily highs in Pittsburgh reach 80°F and lows reach 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cleveland.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Bicycle Heaven ©
Bicycle Heaven
Mount Washington ©
Mount Washington

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Main Street Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lakeview Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): browse the eclectic array of goods at West Side Market, then admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art, and then stroll through Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cleveland tour itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Pittsburgh to Cleveland in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August in Cleveland, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Detroit.

Things to do in Cleveland

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Lakeview Park, Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park Beach, Main Street Beach
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The Cleveland Museum of Art ©
The Cleveland Museum of Art
West Side Market ©
West Side Market
Main Street Beach ©
Main Street Beach

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, then test your problem-solving skills at Decode Ann Arbor, and then immerse yourself in nature at Island Lake State Recreation Area. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, then examine the collection at The Henry Ford, then get outside with Miami Beach, and finally stop by Polish Art Center.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Detroit trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cleveland to Detroit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Detroit can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Kansas City.

Things to do in Detroit

Outdoors Museums Trails

Side Trips

Dearborn, Decode Ann Arbor, Polish Art Center, Island Lake State Recreation Area
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

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night
Kansas City

The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): look for gifts at Power and Light District, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then have some family-friendly fun at Bury the Hatchet, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Blade & Timber.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kansas City trip planner.

You can fly from Detroit to Kansas City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Detroit to Kansas City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Detroit in August, with highs in Kansas City at 87°F and lows at 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Kansas City

Fun & Games Shopping

Side Trips

Bury the Hatchet, Blade & Timber
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, then meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium, and then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Wrigley Field, then take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, and finally appreciate the history behind Cloud Gate.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Chicago online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Kansas City to Chicago takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. In August in Chicago, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

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