20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Chicago
— 3 nights
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Valparaiso
— 1 night
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South Bend
— 2 nights
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Sandusky
— 2 nights
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Washington DC
— 4 nights
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Gettysburg
— 2 nights
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Lancaster
— 5 nights
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Philadelphia
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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.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Chicago planner.

San Antonio to Chicago is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Antonio in July, with highs in Chicago at 83°F and lows at 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Valparaiso

— 1 night
Valparaiso is a city and the county seat of Porter County, Indiana, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Indiana Dunes State Park, then make a trip to Chapel of the Resurrection, then stroll through Taltree Arboretum and Gardens, and finally stop by Albanese Candy Factory.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Valparaiso day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Valparaiso takes 1.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Chicago in July since evenings lows in Valparaiso dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to South Bend.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Parks · Trails · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

South Bend

— 2 nights
South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. On the 25th (Sun), admire the majestic nature at Warren Dunes State Park, then get in on the family fun at Silver Beach Carousel, and then stroll through Silver Beach County Park. On your second day here, deepen your understanding at Studebaker National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes, take in the architecture and design of University of Notre Dame, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and finally make a trip to River Lights Plaza.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read South Bend online day trip planner.

Getting from Valparaiso to South Bend by car takes about 1.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. July in South Bend sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sandusky.

Things to do in South Bend

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Sandusky

— 2 nights
Sandusky positively bustles in the summertime due to its famed amusement park.
On the 27th (Tue), make a splash at Great Wolf Lodge Water Park, then cool off at Castaway Bay Waterpark, and then cool off at Cedar Point. On the next day, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at African Safari Wildlife Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Port Clinton Lighthouse, and then find something for the whole family at Ghostly Manor Thrill Center.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Sandusky road trip planning website.

You can drive from South Bend to Sandusky in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in July, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to fly to Washington DC.

Things to do in Sandusky

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Washington DC

— 4 nights
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.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and appreciate the history behind Washington Monument.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Washington DC online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Sandusky to Washington DC takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sandusky in July, expect Washington DC to be somewhat warmer, temps between 89°F and 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

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 2nd (Mon): witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Gettysburg National Cemetery, then witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park, and finally go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Jennie Wade House, then see the interesting displays at Gettysburg Museum of History, then take in the history at Artworks, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Gettysburg holiday planner.

Getting from Washington DC to Gettysburg by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Washington DC in August, Gettysburg is little chillier at night with lows of 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lancaster.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Lancaster

— 5 nights

Red Rose City

The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
Explore Lancaster's surroundings by going to Hershey (Hersheypark & The Hershey Story Museum) and Wolf Sanctuary of PA (in Lititz). The adventure continues: experience rural life at Old Windmill Farm, stop by Kitchen Kettle Village, contemplate the long history of President James Buchanan's Wheatland, and make a trip to Annex 24 Gallery.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lancaster itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Gettysburg to Lancaster takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Lancaster are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. On the 8th (Sun), you'll travel to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Lancaster

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Philadelphia

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.
On the 8th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art and then examine the collection at The Franklin Institute.

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Getting from Lancaster to Philadelphia by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Lancaster in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Philadelphia, with lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums

United States travel guide

4.5
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.

Indiana travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Room Escape Games · Specialty Museums
The Hoosier State
With an extensive history of motorsports, Indiana's main claim to fame is the popular automobile race held each year in its capital city. A mostly rural state, Indiana is a land of till plains and lakes, its appearance a result of traces left behind by receding glaciers. The central section of the state, mostly flat with some rolling hills, contains some of the country's most fertile farmland. The state also contains almost 39,000 km (24,000 mi) of waterways, including the Wabash River, the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. For a genuine "Hoosier" experience, tour the state's slow-paced small towns, noted for their hospitality and outstanding local cuisine. You'll remember the warmth and charm long after your vacation is over.

Ohio travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Casinos · Water Parks
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.

Pennsylvania travel guide

4.3
Casinos · Specialty Museums · History Museums
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.