26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New Plymouth
Fly:  29​h
1
Chicago
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Detroit
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Niagara Falls
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Ithaca
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
New York City
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Indianapolis
— 3 nights
8
Chicago
— Few hours
Fly:  29​h
End: New Plymouth

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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, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, don't miss a visit to Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, learn more about the world around you at Field Museum, and explore the galleries of Chicago Cultural Center.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago journey planner .

New Plymouth, New Zealand to Chicago is an approximately 29-hour flight. Traveling from New Plymouth to Chicago, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 1st (Sun), you're off toDetroit.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping

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Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park

1
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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.
For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Detroit trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Detroit takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Detroit. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Dearborn
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Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford

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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Change things up with a short trip to Canalside in Buffalo (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds, enjoy breathtaking views from Niagara Falls Observation Tower, admire the majestic nature at Whirlpool State Park, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium of Niagara.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Niagara Falls road trip website .

You can drive from Detroit to Niagara Falls in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. September in Niagara Falls sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ithaca.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trip

Buffalo
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Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
Whirlpool State Park ©
Whirlpool State Park

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night
Ithaca

Ithaca ©
Ithaca is a city in the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region of New York. On the 6th (Fri), get a new perspective on nature at Museum of the Earth.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ithaca trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Niagara Falls to Ithaca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Ithaca when traveling from Niagara Falls in September, with lows around 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to New York City.

Things to do in Ithaca

Childrens Museums Museums
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Museum of the Earth ©
Museum of the Earth

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New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, make a trip to Statue of Liberty National Monument, and admire the striking features of Grand Central Terminal.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the New York City day trip planning site .

Drive from Ithaca to New York City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Ithaca in September, expect New York City to be a bit warmer, temps between 31°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

3
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
When in Washington DC, make a side trip to see Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, approximately 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Washington DC vacation builder tool .

You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Washington DC are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Gettysburg National Military Park
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Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

3
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 18th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Indianapolis Zoo, see the interesting displays at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, then have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and finally make a trip to Central Canal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Indianapolis Museum of Art and then try your luck at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.

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Fly from Washington DC to Indianapolis in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in September, Indianapolis is slightly colder at night with lows of 17°C. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum ©
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
Room Escape Games
Children's Museum of Indianapolis ©
Children's Museum of Indianapolis

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Chicago

Chicago ©
On the 20th (Fri), admire the striking features of 360 Chicago Observation Deck.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Chicago trip website .

You can drive from Indianapolis to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to Chicago is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.
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360 Chicago Observation Deck ©
360 Chicago Observation Deck