36 days in United States, Toronto & Niagara Falls Itinerary

36 days in United States, Toronto & Niagara Falls Itinerary

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36 days in United States, Toronto & Niagara Falls Itinerary

Start: Detroit, United States
Drive:  1​h
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Toledo, United States
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
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Toronto, Canada
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Niagara Falls, Canada
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Ithaca, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
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New York City, United States
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
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Washington DC, United States
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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Charlottesville, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
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Asheville, United States
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
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Atlanta, United States
— 4 nights
10
Birmingham, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
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Biloxi, United States
— 1 night
12
New Orleans, United States
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
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Houston, United States
— 4 nights
End: Houston, United States

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Toledo, United States

Toledo ©
Toledo is a city in and the county seat of Lucas County, Ohio, United States. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Toledo Zoo and Imagination Station. Explore hidden gems such as Oak Openings Preserve Metropark and National Museum of the Great Lakes. There's much more to do: grab your bike and head to Metroparks of the Toledo Area, stroll around Swan Creek Metropark, stop by Boyds Retro Candy Store, and identify plant and animal life at Irwin Prairie State Nature Preserve.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Toledo travel planner .

Detroit to Toledo is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Toronto.

Things to do in Toledo

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Oak Openings Preserve Metropark ©
Oak Openings Preserve Metropark
Toledo Zoo ©
Toledo Zoo
Imagination Station ©
Imagination Station

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Toronto, Canada

Toronto ©
Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): have some family-friendly fun at Bad Axe Throwing, then take in panoramic vistas at CN Tower, and then get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then see the interesting displays at Royal Ontario Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Nathan Phillips Square.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Toronto trip itinerary website .

Getting from Toledo to Toronto by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. In September, daytime highs in Toronto are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Toronto

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Bad Axe Throwing ©
Bad Axe Throwing
CN Tower
CN Tower
Royal Ontario Museum ©
Royal Ontario Museum

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Niagara Falls, Canada

Niagara Falls ©
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): identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Conservatory, then hike along Niagara Glen Nature Areas, and then explore the striking landscape at Journey Behind the Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then take in the dramatic scenery at Niagara Falls, and then tee off at Dinosaur Adventure Golf.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Niagara Falls trip planner.

Getting from Toronto to Niagara Falls by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Ithaca.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Room Escape Games
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
Journey Behind the Falls ©
Journey Behind the Falls

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Ithaca, United States

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

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ithaca trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Niagara Falls to Ithaca in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to New York City.

Things to do in Ithaca

Childrens Museums Museums
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Sciencenter ©
Sciencenter

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New York City, United States

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Central Park and Statue of Liberty National Monument. Step off the beaten path and head to New York Public Library and World Trade Center's Liberty Park. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, get to know the fascinating history of Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read New York City trip itinerary planning website .

You can 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 October, things will get somewhat warmer in New York City: highs are around 24°C and lows about 16°C. On the 6th (Sun), you're off toWashington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Brooklyn Heights Promenade
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library

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Washington DC, United States

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Capitol Reflecting Pool, National Air and Space Museum, and other attractions. The adventure continues: get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol and pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Memorial.

Plan my day in Washington DC using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Charlottesville.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Nature Parks
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
International Spy Museum ©
International Spy Museum

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Charlottesville, United States

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, relax in the rural setting at Carter Mountain Orchard, make a trip to Les Yeux du Monde, then steep yourself in history at Mulberry Row, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Monticello. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, cozy up to a beverage at Michie Tavern ca. 1784, and then trek along Saunders-Monticello Trail.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Charlottesville planner .

You can take a train from Washington DC to Charlottesville in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Charlottesville when traveling from Washington DC in October, with lows around 11°C. 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
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Balloon Rides
Monticello ©
Monticello
Carter Mountain Orchard ©
Carter Mountain Orchard

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Asheville, United States

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The North Carolina Arboretum and Room Escape Games. Go for a jaunt from Asheville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park to see Alum Cave Trail about 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, appreciate the history behind Vance Monument, stroll through Craggy Gardens, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Asheville trip planner .

Fly from Charlottesville to Asheville in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Atlanta.

Things to do in Asheville

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Alum Cave Trail
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Alum Cave Trail ©
Alum Cave Trail
Room Escape Games
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

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Atlanta, United States

Atlanta ©
Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Explore hidden gems such as Room Escape Games and Atlanta Botanical Garden. Family-friendly places like Zoo Atlanta and SKYVIEW Atlanta will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Centennial Olympic Park, look and learn at Fernbank Science Center, take in nature's colorful creations at Swan House, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Atlanta day trip tool .

Do a combination of car and flight from Asheville to Atlanta in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Asheville in October, with highs in Atlanta at 28°C and lows at 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Birmingham.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
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Georgia Aquarium ©
Georgia Aquarium
Zoo Atlanta ©
Zoo Atlanta
Room Escape Games

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Birmingham, United States

Birmingham ©
Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the landscape on two wheels at Rotary Trail. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, take in the awesome beauty at Red Mountain Park, and then see where the action happens at Rickwood Field Park.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Birmingham online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Atlanta to Birmingham takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Birmingham is minus 1 hour. In October, daytime highs in Birmingham are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You'll set off for Biloxi on the 21st (Mon).

Things to do in Birmingham

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Red Mountain Park ©
Red Mountain Park
Rickwood Field Park ©
Rickwood Field Park

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Biloxi, United States

Biloxi ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Beauvoir and then get curious at INFINITY Science Center.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Biloxi trip itinerary planning site .

Fly from Birmingham to Biloxi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Birmingham in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Biloxi, with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to New Orleans.

Things to do in Biloxi

Childrens Museums Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

INFINITY Science Center
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INFINITY Science Center ©
INFINITY Science Center
Beauvoir ©
Beauvoir

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New Orleans, United States

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and Ultimate Swamp Adventures. Kids will enjoy The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA and Global Wildlife Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New Orleans: Fontainebleau State Park (in Mandeville), Smith H J & Sons General Store and Museum (in Covington) and Kliebert & Sons Gator Tours (in Ponchatoula). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Pontalba Buildings, make a trip to Jackson Square, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the New Orleans route planning app .

You can drive from Biloxi to New Orleans in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Biloxi in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 22°C at night. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Houston.

Things to do in New Orleans

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Global Wildlife Center, Kliebert & Sons Gator Tours, Fontainebleau State Park, Ultimate Swamp Adventures, Smith H J & Sons General Store and Museum
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Global Wildlife Center ©
Global Wildlife Center
Kayaking & Canoeing
Ultimate Swamp Adventures ©
Ultimate Swamp Adventures

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Houston, United States

Houston ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Houston Museum of Natural Science and Water Wall. Attractions like Houston Zoo and Splashway Waterpark make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, have some family-friendly fun at iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Houston (Memorial), and engage your brain at Cockrell Butterfly Center.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Houston road trip app .

Getting from New Orleans to Houston by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. While traveling from New Orleans, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Houston, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trips

Splashway Waterpark, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
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Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
Room Escape Games

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