21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner
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Train to Frankfurt, Fly to New York City
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New York City
— 5 nights
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Miami
— 5 nights
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Chicago
— 3 nights
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Detroit
— 3 nights
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Boston
— 2 nights
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New York City
— 2 nights
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New York City — 5 nights

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.
Attractions like Empire State Building and Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours make great kid-friendly stops. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to New York Botanical Garden and Photography Tours. There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Ground Zero Museum Workshop, walk around World Trade Center's Liberty Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read New York City trip maker site.

Stuttgart, Germany to New York City is an approximately 12-hour combination of train and flight. Traveling from Stuttgart to New York City, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to fly to Miami.
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Miami — 5 nights

Magic City

Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Attractions like ZWF Miami and Walking tours make great kid-friendly stops. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park and Wynwood Walls. Explore Miami's surroundings by going to Island Dolphin Care (in Key Largo) and Robert Is Here (in Homestead). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfside Beach, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Miami online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Miami takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in December, expect Miami to be much warmer, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Chicago.
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Chicago — 3 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Attractions like Museum of Science and Industry and The Art Institute of Chicago make great kid-friendly stops. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lincoln Park Zoo and Fox in a Box Chicago. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chicago: Chicago Botanic Garden (in Glencoe) and Brookfield Zoo (in Brookfield). There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Name Cathedral, snap pictures at Michigan Avenue Bridge, and enjoy some diversion at Maggie Daley Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Chicago attractions planner.

Fly from Miami to Chicago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Miami in December; daily highs in Chicago reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Detroit.
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Detroit — 3 nights

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Attractions like Detroit Institute of Arts and DNR Outdoor Adventure Center make great kid-friendly stops. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Campus Martius Park and Room Escape Games. Venture out of the city with trips to Hudson Mills Metropark (in Ann Arbor) and Impression 5 Science Center (in Lansing). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, don't miss a visit to The Spirit of Detroit, and stop by Shinola Bicycles.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Detroit attractions tool.

Getting from Chicago to Detroit by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Chicago to Detroit, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January in Detroit, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can fly to Boston.
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Boston — 2 nights

Beantown

Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Regiment Memorial, admire the natural beauty at Arnold Arboretum, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): take a stroll through Back Bay, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then make a trip to Harvard Square.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Boston journey builder website.

Traveling by flight from Detroit to Boston takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Boston are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can fly to New York City.
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New York City — 2 nights

Big Apple

Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): stroll through Central Park.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the New York City holiday website.

You can fly from Boston to New York City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel back home.
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United States travel guide

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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.
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