30 days in United States Itinerary

30 days in United States Itinerary

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New York City
— 6 nights
Train
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Philadelphia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Gettysburg
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sandusky
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cleveland
— 2 nights
Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to St Ignace, Drive to Paradise
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Paradise
— 1 night
Drive
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Munising
— 2 nights
Drive
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
Fly
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Chicago
— 5 nights
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New York City — 6 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Speed Boats Tours and Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from New York City: Poughkeepsie (Mid-Hudson Children's Museum & Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Central Park, admire the masterpieces at The Met Cloisters, wander the streets of Dumbo, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City vacation tool.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to New York City is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Dubai to New York City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in September, expect New York City to be colder, temps between 31°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Philadelphia.
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Philadelphia — 4 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grounds For Sculpture and Eastern State Penitentiary. Change things up with these side-trips from Philadelphia: Barnegat Light (Barnegat Light Museum, Viking Village, Inc., &more), Lancaster (The Amish Farm and House & Dutch Wonderland) and Ship Bottom Beach (in Ship Bottom). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, and pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Philadelphia trip planner.

Traveling by train from New York City to Philadelphia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Philadelphia, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Gettysburg.
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Gettysburg — 2 nights

Located near the memorial park marking the site of one of the largest Civil War battles, the town of Gettysburg sits in a landscape of rolling green hills with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Eisenhower National Historic Site, witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park, and then stroll the grounds of Gettysburg National Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your senses at Savor Gettysburg Food Tours, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then contemplate the long history of Jennie Wade House.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Gettysburg vacation builder site.

Traveling by car from Philadelphia to Gettysburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Philadelphia in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Gettysburg, with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can fly to Sandusky.
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Sandusky — 2 nights

Sandusky positively bustles in the summertime due to its famed amusement park.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at Liberty Aviation Museum and then get in on the family fun at Cedar Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): join the crowd at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Vermilion River Reservation, and then stroll through Main Street Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Sandusky tour itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Gettysburg to Sandusky in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cleveland.
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Cleveland — 2 nights

Forest City

A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): examine the collection at A Christmas Story House, then hunt for treasures at West Side Market, and then see the interesting displays at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, and then walk around Rocky River Reservation.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cleveland trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Sandusky to Cleveland by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Cleveland can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.
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Mackinac Island — 2 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): explore the galleries of Fort Mackinac, immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock. Here are some ideas for day two: experience the excitement of Forge a Memory and then discover the deep blue sea with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

To see reviews and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island tour itinerary maker tool.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cleveland to Mackinac Island in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cleveland in September; daily highs in Mackinac Island reach 22°C and lows reach 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paradise.
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Paradise — 1 night

Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan.Paradise is on the northeastern portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on the western side of Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, about 60mi by road from Sault Ste. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Paradise online trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Mackinac Island in September since evenings lows in Paradise dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Munising.
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Munising — 2 nights

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Tannery Falls, and then get interesting insight from Tours. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Munising day trip website.

Traveling by car from Paradise to Munising takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Traverse City.
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Traverse City — 2 nights

Cherry Capital of the World

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Traverse City route planner.

Traveling by car from Munising to Traverse City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daytime highs in Traverse City are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Chicago.
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Chicago — 5 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake Michigan and Food Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chicago: Kenosha Sculpture Walk (in Kenosha), Caterpillar Global Mining Visitor Center (in South Milwaukee) and Milwaukee (Harley-Davidson Museum & Milwaukee Art Museum). There's much more to do: admire the local landmark of Crown Fountain, enjoy breathtaking views from 360 Chicago Observation Deck, trek along Lakefront Trail, and get to know the fascinating history of Chicago Riverwalk.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Traverse City to Chicago in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Traverse City to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Traverse City in September, Chicago is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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United States travel guide

4.5
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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Pennsylvania travel guide

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The Keystone State
One of the country's 13 original founding states, Pennsylvania contains a balance of modern cities and fertile fields. A rich and varied state with a colorful history dating back to colonial times, it remains a worthy holiday destination with its well-preserved 19th-century battle sites and memorial parks. This diverse land is home to pristine forests and rugged mountain regions. For an urban experience, visit the state's university cities, offering numerous tourist attractions as well as thriving music, performance, art, and culinary scenes. The region's Amish country provides a weekend getaway in a picturesque setting of quaint towns surrounded by rolling hills and fertile farmland.
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Ohio travel guide

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The Buckeye State
Nicknamed the "Heart of It All" because of its heart-like shape, Ohio is perhaps best described as a mosaic of big cities and small towns, with vast tracts of farmland in between. Always a major industrial and political player in the country, the state was the home to eight American presidents and the Wright brothers, inventors of the airplane. The first man to walk on the Moon came from Ohio, as did 23 other astronauts. More than just an overachiever in science, industry, and politics, the state is also a serious holiday destination, featuring both traditional Amish farms and bustling cities with a great selection of things to do.
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Michigan travel guide

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Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.
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