12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Madison
1
Madison
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Empire
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Petoskey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Hart
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
5
Niagara Falls
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
6
White Sulphur Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
Moundsville
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
8
Indianapolis
— 1 night
9
Chicago
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Madison
— Few hours
End: Madison

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Madison

Madison ©
Madison might be the capital of Wisconsin, but students rather than politicians give the city its identity.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Aldo Leopold Nature Center.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Madison trip maker website .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Madison. July in Madison sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Empire.

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Parks Wildlife
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Aldo Leopold Nature Center ©
Aldo Leopold Nature Center

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Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and then kick back and relax at Lake Michigan Beach Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, take in the exciting artwork at Ellie Harold Art Studio & Gallery, and then stroll through Elberta Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Empire trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Madison to Empire takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Madison in July, plan for slightly colder days in Empire, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Petoskey.

Things to do in Empire

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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Ellie Harold Art Studio & Gallery, Elberta Beach
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Petoskey

Petoskey ©
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. On the 4th (Thu), enjoy the sea views from Old Mission Lighthouse, browse the exhibits of Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Thorne Swift Nature Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): take a stroll through Historic Gaslight District, then stroll through Little Traverse Wheelway, and then learn about winemaking at Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Petoskey trip planner .

Drive from Empire to Petoskey in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Petoskey, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Hart.

Things to do in Petoskey

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Thorne Swift Nature Preserve, Mission Point Lighthouse, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
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Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse ©
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse

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Hart

Hart ©
Hart is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): do a tasting at The Fox Barn Winery, visit a coastal fixture at Little Sable Point Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hart day trip planner .

You can drive from Petoskey to Hart in 3.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Hart are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Hart

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Little Sable Point Lighthouse, The Fox Barn Winery
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1
night
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of Victory Basilica, explore the galleries of Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex and then try your luck at Seneca Niagara Casino.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Niagara Falls online route planner .

Getting from Hart to Niagara Falls by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Hart in July, Niagara Falls is a bit warmer at night with lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to White Sulphur Springs.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Fun & Games Casinos Parks

Side Trips

Buffalo, Our Lady of Victory Basilica
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White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs ©
White Sulphur Springs is a city in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Greenbrier Historical Society and North House Museum, then identify plant and animal life at The Greenbrier, and then ponder the world of politics at Greenbrier Government Relocation Facility.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the White Sulphur Springs online trip builder .

You can drive from Niagara Falls to White Sulphur Springs in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In July, daily temperatures in White Sulphur Springs can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Moundsville.

Things to do in White Sulphur Springs

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Greenbrier Historical Society and North House Museum
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The Greenbrier ©
The Greenbrier

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night
Moundsville

Moundsville ©
Moundsville is a city in Marshall County, West Virginia, along the Ohio River. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Palace of Gold, then brush up on your military savvy at Archive of the Afterlife: The National Museum of the Paranormal, and then contemplate the long history of West Virginia Penitentiary.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Moundsville road trip site .

You can drive from White Sulphur Springs to Moundsville in 5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Moundsville are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Moundsville

Historic Sites Museums
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West Virginia Penitentiary ©
West Virginia Penitentiary
Palace of Gold ©
Palace of Gold

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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.
On the 11th (Thu), look for gifts at Rocket Fizz, examine the collection at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Indianapolis Museum of Art.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Indianapolis driving holiday planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Moundsville to Indianapolis. In July, daily temperatures in Indianapolis can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum ©
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
Indianapolis Museum of Art ©
Indianapolis Museum of Art

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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 12th (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate, then admire all the interesting features of Millennium Park, and then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Chicago road trip planning app .

Drive from Indianapolis to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Madison.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Cloud Gate ©
Cloud Gate

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hours
Madison

Madison
To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Madison holiday tool .

You can drive from Chicago to Madison in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Chicago in July, plan for little chillier nights in Madison, with lows around 61°F. On the 12th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Madison

Parks Outdoors Nightlife
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