36 days in United States, Toronto & Niagara Falls Itinerary

36 days in United States, Toronto & Niagara Falls Itinerary

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Toledo, United States
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Toronto, Canada
— 2 nights
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Niagara Falls, Canada
— 2 nights
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Ithaca, United States
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New York City, United States
— 3 nights
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Washington DC, United States
— 4 nights
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Charlottesville, United States
— 2 nights
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Asheville, United States
— 3 nights
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Atlanta, United States
— 4 nights
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Birmingham, United States
— 2 nights
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Biloxi, United States
— 1 night
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New Orleans, United States
— 4 nights
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Houston, United States
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Toledo, United States

Toledo is a city in and the county seat of Lucas County, Ohio, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Toledo Zoo and National Museum of the Great Lakes. Kids will appreciate attractions like Oak Openings Preserve Metropark and Woodlawn Cemetery. There's still lots to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Metroparks of the Toledo Area, look for all kinds of wild species at Irwin Prairie State Nature Preserve, look for gifts at Boyds Retro Candy Store, and stroll around Swan Creek Metropark.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Toledo trip planner.

Detroit to Toledo is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Toledo can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Toronto.

Things to do in Toledo

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Trails
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:

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Toronto, Canada

New York City of Canada

Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get your game on at Bad Axe Throwing, enjoy breathtaking views from CN Tower, and then get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then examine the collection at Royal Ontario Museum, and then make a trip to Nathan Phillips Square.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Toronto tour website.

You can drive from Toledo to Toronto in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. September in Toronto sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Toronto

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:

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Niagara Falls, Canada

Indisputably one of the world's most impressive natural sights, Niagara Falls straddle the United States/Canada border, marking the spot at which a thundering river plunges over a major escarpment.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Conservatory, then look for all kinds of wild species at Niagara Glen Nature Areas, and then make a trip to Journey Behind the Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Niagara Falls Canada and then play a few rounds at Dinosaur Adventure Golf.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Niagara Falls travel route site.

Getting from Toronto to Niagara Falls by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Niagara Falls can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ithaca.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:

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Ithaca, United States

Ithaca is a city in the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region of New York. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): get curious at Sciencenter.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ithaca trip planner.

Traveling by car from Niagara Falls to Ithaca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Ithaca, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to New York City.

Things to do in Ithaca

Museums · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 3:
Highlights from your trip

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New York City, United States

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Central Park and Empire State Building. Discover out-of-the-way places like New York Public Library and Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Statue of Liberty National Monument, stroll around World Trade Center's Liberty Park, and pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the New York City holiday website.

Traveling by car from Ithaca to New York City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ithaca in October: high temperatures in New York City hover around 24°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 6:

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Washington DC, United States

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.
You've added Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Capitol Reflecting Pool, National Air and Space Museum, and other attractions to your itinerary. Bring the kids along to United States Capitol and White House. There's more to do: pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Memorial.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from New York City to Washington DC in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 10:

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Charlottesville, United States

Hoo-Ville

Situated at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is perhaps best known as the home of three of the United States' founding fathers, including Thomas Jefferson.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of University of Virginia, experience rural life at Carter Mountain Orchard, then make a trip to Les Yeux du Monde, then contemplate the long history of Mulberry Row, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Monticello. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, then steep yourself in history at Michie Tavern ca. 1784, and then hike along Saunders-Monticello Trail.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Charlottesville online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Washington DC to Charlottesville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or fly. Traveling from Washington DC in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 11°C in Charlottesville. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlottesville

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:

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Asheville, United States

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Bring the kids along to The North Carolina Arboretum and Basilica of Saint Lawrence. Explore hidden gems such as River Rafting & Tubing and Craggy Gardens. Change things up with a short trip to Alum Cave Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (about 1h 45 min away). There's lots more to do: get your bearings at The Folk Art Center, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Western North Carolina Nature Center, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and have fun at McCormick Field.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Asheville trip maker app.

You can drive from Charlottesville to Asheville in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Asheville, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Atlanta.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:

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Atlanta, United States

The Capital of the South

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Bring the kids along to Atlanta Botanical Garden and Fernbank Science Center. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Room Escape Games and Zoo Atlanta. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Centennial Olympic Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Georgia Aquarium, tour the pleasant surroundings at Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Atlanta online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Atlanta takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. Traveling from Asheville in October, expect Atlanta to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Birmingham.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 19:

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Birmingham, United States

Magic City

Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): grab your bike and head to Rotary Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Ruffner Mountain, stroll around Red Mountain Park, and then have fun at Rickwood Field Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Birmingham visit website.

Getting from Atlanta to Birmingham by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Atlanta to Birmingham, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 21st (Mon), you're off to Biloxi.

Things to do in Birmingham

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:

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Biloxi, United States

Playground of the South

A busy city on the Gulf Coast, Biloxi is one of the nation's oldest communities, first settled by Europeans in 1699.
INFINITY Science Center has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Beauvoir and then get curious at INFINITY Science Center.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Biloxi trip planner.

Drive from Birmingham to Biloxi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Birmingham in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Biloxi, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to New Orleans.

Things to do in Biloxi

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 22:

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New Orleans, United States

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ultimate Swamp Adventures and The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA. Family-friendly places like St. Louis Cathedral and Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting New Orleans side-trips: Smith H J & Sons General Store and Museum (in Covington), Global Wildlife Center (in Folsom) and Kliebert & Sons Gator Tours (in Ponchatoula). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square, admire the landmark architecture of Pontalba Buildings, and immerse yourself in nature at Fontainebleau State Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our New Orleans trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Biloxi to New Orleans in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Biloxi in October: highs in New Orleans hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Houston.

Things to do in New Orleans

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 26:

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Houston, United States

Bayou City

Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Bring the kids along to Room Escape Games and Splashway Waterpark. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Houston Museum of Natural Science and Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Houston Zoo, take in the dramatic scenery at Water Wall, get your game on at iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Houston (Memorial), and get curious at Cockrell Butterfly Center.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Houston tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from New Orleans to Houston takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from New Orleans in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Houston: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Houston

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 30:

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.