17 days in Canada, Chicago & Cincinnati Itinerary

17 days in Canada, Chicago & Cincinnati Itinerary

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Montreal, Canada
— 2 nights
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Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada
— 4 nights
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Niagara Falls, Canada
— 1 night
Bus to Buffalo, Fly to Chicago Midway
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Chicago, United States
— 4 nights
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Cincinnati, United States
— 3 nights
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Chicago, United States
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Montreal, Canada

— 2 nights

Quebec's Metropolis

Quebec's economic and cultural capital, Montreal serves as the province's major point of entry, known for its rich history and high standard of living.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Parc de la Frayere, then identify plant and animal life at Nature Centre (Le Centre de la nature), and then admire the natural beauty at Montreal Botanical Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Place d'Armes, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Port of Montreal, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Notre-Dame Basilica.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Montreal visit planner.

Munich, Germany to Montreal is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Munich in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°C in Montreal. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Algonquin Provincial Park.

Things to do in Montreal

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada

— 4 nights
Sandwiched between Georgian Bay and the Ottawa River, Algonquin Provincial Park is the oldest provincial park in Canada and a stunning outdoor playground that draws crowds of nature enthusiasts with its biodiversity.
Get outdoors at Bat Lake Trail and Track & Tower Trail. Step out of Algonquin Provincial Park with an excursion to Restoule Provincial Park in Restoule--about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Lookout Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hardwood Lookout Trail, and look for gifts at The Lake of Two Rivers Store.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Algonquin Provincial Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Montreal to Algonquin Provincial Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from Montreal in August, expect little chillier with lows of 12°C in Algonquin Provincial Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Algonquin Provincial Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 4:

Niagara Falls, Canada

— 1 night
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.
For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Niagara Falls online road trip planner.

You can drive from Algonquin Provincial Park to Niagara Falls in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and train; or do a combination of car and bus. In September, Niagara Falls is a bit warmer than Algonquin Provincial Park - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Chicago.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games · Nightlife
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 5:

Chicago, United States

— 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Get in touch with nature at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Ohio Street Beach. Go for a jaunt from Chicago to Willow Springs to see Little Red Schoolhouse about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, make a trip to Buckingham Fountain, admire the striking features of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, and walk around Milton Lee Olive Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Chicago trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Niagara Falls to Chicago in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Niagara Falls in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Chicago, with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Chicago

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Cincinnati, United States

— 3 nights

The Queen of the West

Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S. city that left a favorable impression on one of its most famous 19th-century visitors, English author Charles Dickens.
Take a break from the city and head to Cincinnati Nature Center and Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum. Explore Cincinnati's surroundings by going to National Museum of the US Air Force (in Dayton) and Glen Helen Nature Preserve (in Yellow Springs). There's lots more to do: walk around Smale Riverfront Park, explore the world behind art at Taft Museum of Art, try your luck at JACK Cincinnati Casino, and appreciate the history behind Bicentennial Veterans Memorial Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cincinnati tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Cincinnati takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Cincinnati is 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in September, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in Cincinnati. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:

Chicago, United States

Windy City

Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): walk around Millennium Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Chicago online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Cincinnati to Chicago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cincinnati to Chicago due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

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Canada travel guide

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Parks · Specialty Museums · Waterfalls
Most people remember their holiday in Canada by the country's great outdoors, yet this sprawling land of hulking mountains and rocky coastlines also boasts numerous modern cities, home to some of the world's finest dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Made for leisurely road trips, North America's biggest country features vast landscapes still unspoiled by mass tourism. A tour of Canada reveals a place packed with diverse cultures, living in tolerance and enjoying one of the highest standards of living in the world. If the vastness of those natural landscapes overwhelms you at any point during your Canada vacation, head to the openhearted cities of Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal, ideal destinations for art lovers, history buffs, shopaholics, fashionistas, and impassioned foodies.