Travel Ideas // A Road Trip To Three Great American Cities

May 20, 2016

As beautiful as the countryside is, it’s cities that tend to hold a lure for travellers. After all, cities are the heart of civilization and tend to provide the most comprehensive experience for a visitor. There are plenty of stunning English cities to explore, but have you ever let your mind wander a little further afield?

As a Brit, it’s more than likely that you want to visit the USA. American culture is such a dominant influence on British life that, eventually, the travel bug hits, and you want to see the country for yourself. One of the classic ways of visiting the USA is to take a road trip.

What if you could combine the above two facts: the fact that cities are the most exciting place for a traveller to visit, and that the USA is best experienced by road? The USA is so vast, surely it’s not possible to visit three big-name, familiar American cities on one holiday?

It absolutely is. Here’s how.

FLY TO: Detroit

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Everyone has heard of Detroit, but it holds a particular place in the heart of fans of Motown music. Detroit is the home of Motown, making it well worth a pilgrimage if your Spotify playlist is full of the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, and the Jackson Five.

Detroit is a great city to visit, and quite unlike anywhere else in the US. The Motown history is richly explored here, with the Motown Museum a must-visit for fans of the genre. You can also visit the acclaimed Detroit Institute of Arts, or enjoy a long walk along the incredibly picturesque riverfront.

There’s plenty of accommodation to find in Detroit, and it’s more affordable than you might think. You can spend a few days here, before jumping into a hire car and heading for…

DRIVE TO: Indianapolis

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The state capital of Indiana is another well-known US city, and there’s plenty to see and do here when you arrive. Talking of arriving, it’s worth noting that this is the longest travel time you’ll experience on this route; it takes around four hours to drive from Detroit to Indianapolis, but you can stop at Fort Wayne to stretch your legs and break up the journey.

When you arrive in Indianapolis, you can explore this fantastic city to your heart’s content.The White River State Park is gloriously tranquil, while the Mass Ave Arts District is a must-visit for culture vultures. You can spend a few evenings strolling along the Central Canal, which offers a range of pretty bridges that fans of architecture will love.

Again, there’s plenty of accommodation options in the city, from the Indianapolis Marriott North to hostels for those travelling on a budget. Enjoy Indy for a few days, then it’s back in the car for the last leg…

DRIVE TO: Chicago

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Another great, well-known American city, Chicago is considered to be the USA’s “second city”. Just a three-hour drive from Indianapolis, Chicago is the last — but far from the least — stop on our route.

When it comes to things to do in Chicago, the choices are endless. You can explore the fantastic Navy Pier area, follow the Lakefront Trail, or climb the SkyDeck to see the city from above. There’s literally something for everyone in the Windy City.

You won’t be short on accommodation options, so spend a few days soaking up the city before heading to O’Hare International Airport for your flight home.


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