9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Chicago
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Saint Joseph
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Hart
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Empire
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Dearborn
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Columbus
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Indianapolis
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Phoenix


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2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, then make a trip to Cloud Gate, then get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, and finally wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Chicago visit planner .

Phoenix to Chicago is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Phoenix in July, you will find days in Chicago are cooler (83°F), and nights are little chillier (67°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Saint Joseph.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Neighborhoods
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Field Museum ©
Field Museum

1
night
Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph ©
St. On the 16th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Box Factory for the Arts, then kick back and relax at Weko Park, then kick back and relax at Silver Beach County Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Whirlpool Compass Fountain.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Saint Joseph day trip app .

Traveling by car from Chicago to Saint Joseph takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago to Saint Joseph, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Chicago in July since evenings lows in Saint Joseph dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Hart.

Things to do in Saint Joseph

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Weko Park
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Silver Beach County Park ©
Silver Beach County Park
Whirlpool Compass Fountain ©
Whirlpool Compass Fountain
Box Factory for the Arts ©
Box Factory for the Arts

1
night
Hart

Hart ©
Hart is a city in the U.S. On the 17th (Wed), visit a coastal fixture at Little Sable Point Lighthouse, then enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Lake State Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Silver Lake State Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hart trip planner .

Traveling by car from Saint Joseph to Hart takes 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Hart can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Empire.

Things to do in Hart

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Mears
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Little Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Little Sable Point Lighthouse
Silver Lake State Park ©
Silver Lake State Park

1
night
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. On the 18th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Michigan Beach Park, stop by The Cottage Book Shop, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Empire online travel route builder .

Traveling by car from Hart to Empire takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Dearborn.

Things to do in Empire

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trip

The Cottage Book Shop
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The Cottage Book Shop ©
The Cottage Book Shop

1
night
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
On the 19th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, then browse the exhibits of The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, and finally admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Dearborn trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Empire to Dearborn in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Empire in July: high temperatures in Dearborn hover around 82°F and lows are around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Columbus.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Detroit
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

1
night
Columbus

Columbus ©
More than just one of the nation's top business centers, Columbus is a mixture of many different parts of America, situated at the spot where the so-called "Bible Belt" meets the varied cultures of the Great Plains and Appalachia.
On the 20th (Sat), stop by Book Loft, appreciate the extensive heritage of German Village, then admire the natural beauty at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and finally wander the streets of Easton Town Center.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Columbus tour builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Dearborn to Columbus takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Columbus can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Columbus

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Easton Town Center ©
Easton Town Center
German Village ©
German Village

1
night
Indianapolis

Indianapolis ©
Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): appreciate the history behind Indiana War Memorial, then explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, then see the interesting displays at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Indianapolis road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Columbus to Indianapolis takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums Fun & Games Childrens Museums
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Children's Museum of Indianapolis ©
Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum ©
Indiana War Memorial ©
Indiana War Memorial

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