17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Chicago
— 3 nights
2
Louisville
— 2 nights
3
Indianapolis
— 2 nights
4
Detroit
— 2 nights
5
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
6
Milwaukee
— 1 night
7
Madison
— 1 night
8
Des Moines
— 1 night
9
Saint Paul
— 1 night

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and get curious at Museum of Science and Industry.

To see photos and tourist information, go to the Chicago route planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Chicago is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Dublin to Chicago, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Dublin in December, with highs in Chicago at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Louisville.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo

2
nights
Louisville

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): snap pictures at The Big Four Bridge, thengain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, and then see the interesting displays at 21c Museum Hotel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, see the interesting displays at Kentucky Derby Museum, and then try your luck at Churchill Downs.

To see reviews and more tourist information, read our Louisville trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Chicago to Louisville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in December, expect Louisville to be somewhat warmer, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums Tours Breweries & Distilleries
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Distillery Tours
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
The Big Four Bridge ©
The Big Four Bridge

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): examine the collection at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, thenexplore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, thenhave some family-friendly fun at Ragnarok Axe Throwing, and finally get your game on at BlueWall Virtual Reality.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Indianapolis trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Indianapolis takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Louisville in December; daily highs in Indianapolis reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums Fun & Games Childrens Museums
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Children's Museum of Indianapolis ©
Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Ragnarok Axe Throwing ©
Ragnarok Axe Throwing
BlueWall Virtual Reality ©
BlueWall Virtual Reality

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Detroit: Decode Ann Arbor (in Ann Arbor), Kellogg Park (in Plymouth) and Toledo (Toledo Museum of Art & Toledo Zoo). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, observe the fascinating underwater world at Belle Isle Aquarium, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, and examine the collection at Motown Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Detroit day trip app.

You can fly from Indianapolis to Detroit in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Detroit sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Toledo, Decode Ann Arbor, Kellogg Park, The Henry Ford
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Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
Decode Ann Arbor ©
Decode Ann Arbor
Toledo Museum of Art ©
Toledo Museum of Art

2
nights
Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids ©
The second largest city in Michigan and a hub of furniture manufacturing, Grand Rapids bears the nickname "Furniture City." However, the destination's original name came from the rapids of the Grand River that once ran through the downtown area.
To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Grand Rapids trip planner.

Getting from Detroit to Grand Rapids by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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Gerald R. Ford Museum ©
Gerald R. Ford Museum
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park ©
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Grand Rapids Public Museum ©
Grand Rapids Public Museum

1
night
Milwaukee

Milwaukee ©
Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Milwaukee Art Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Lakefront Brewery, thenstop by The Spice House, and finally examine the collection at Harley-Davidson Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Milwaukee online vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Grand Rapids to Milwaukee takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Rapids to Milwaukee due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Milwaukee are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Madison.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Shopping
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Milwaukee Art Museum ©
Milwaukee Art Museum
Harley-Davidson Museum ©
Harley-Davidson Museum
Lakefront Brewery ©
Lakefront Brewery

1
night
Madison

Madison ©
Madison might be the capital of Wisconsin, but students rather than politicians give the city its identity.
On the 21st (Mon), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Henry Vilas Zoo, get a sense of history and politics at Wisconsin State Capitol, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, and finally look for gifts at Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Madison trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Milwaukee to Madison by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Madison can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Des Moines.

Things to do in Madison

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping
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Olbrich Botanical Gardens ©
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Wisconsin State Capitol ©
Wisconsin State Capitol
Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier ©
Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier

1
night
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): make a trip to The Temple for Performing Arts.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Des Moines trip planner.

You can drive from Madison to Des Moines in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. December in Des Moines sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Saint Paul.
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The Temple for Performing Arts ©
The Temple for Performing Arts

1
night
Saint Paul

Saint Paul ©
The capital of Minnesota, Saint Paul represents half of the "Twin Cities" and embraces the outdoors and urban culture.
On the 23rd (Wed), wander the streets of Summit Avenue, get to know the resident critters at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, thenfind something for the whole family at Cafesjian's Carousel, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Paul. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Minnesota History Center and then get engrossed in the history at Science Museum of Minnesota.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Saint Paul route planner.

Getting from Des Moines to Saint Paul by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Des Moines in December: high temperatures in Saint Paul hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint Paul

Museums Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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Science Museum of Minnesota ©
Science Museum of Minnesota
Cathedral of Saint Paul ©
Cathedral of Saint Paul
Summit Avenue
Summit Avenue

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