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Chicago To New York City

Culture, architecture and American history make this a road trip to remember. Covering Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New York, there is bound to be a city for everyone in the car! Whether you're driving in a car or motorhome, enjoy the best cities on the east coast of the U.S.

Start: Chicago

Finish: New York

Duration: 1670km; 7 Days

Day 1: Chicago

The "Windy City" of Chicago is famous for its bold architecture, an eclectic mix of modern art and sports. While you're here, a photo in the silver Cloud Gate sculpture at Millennium Park. The Park offers an open lakefront complete with a Ferris Wheel, outdoor music pavilion and ice skating rink.

For a complete cultural experience, visit the Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum, Chicago Cultural Centre and The Art Institute of Chicago, known for Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works. The Lincoln Park Zoo is one of America's last free-admission zoos and a great place to spend the day with children.

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Cleveland, OH

Day 2: Chicago to Toledo, OH

Distance: 393km

Time: 3hrs 50minutes

Leave Chicago bright and early via I-90. This highway goes through South Bend, famous for the University of Notre Dame and its gold-domed main building. The Studebaker National Museum showcases cars made by The Studebaker Corporation and the world's most extensive collection of Presidential Carriages.

Toledo is an Ohio city west of Lake Erie. The city is home to the Toledo Museum of Art and its vast collection of modern and Renaissance art. The Toledo Zoo is home for polar bears, penguins, rides and an aquarium.

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Day 3: Toledo to Cleveland

Distance: 185km

Time: 1hr 53 minutes

The next adventure in the state of Ohio is Cleveland. This major city is located on the southern shore of Lake Erie and is the second-largest city in Ohio. It is 39.4 miles away from Akron and is around a 43-minute drive.

Cleveland has many attractions to explore, such as Playhouse Square, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, A Christmas Story House, Cedar Point Amusement Park, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Metroparks, and various art and history museums.

There are also various authentic experiences you can find in the city, like exploring the city's multiple breweries and whiskey tasting.

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Philadelphia, PA

Day 4: Cleveland to Pittsburgh, PA

Distance: 216km

Time: 2hrs 15 minutes

Continue south via I-80 until you reach I-76 to Pittsburgh. Known as "The Steel City", Pittsburgh has a rich history in arts and culture with plenty of art museums, theatres, and attractions to visit. Check out the amusement park Kennywood, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.

A few important art museums in the area include the Andy Warhol Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Mattress Factory. Additionally, if you time your trip accordingly, you can join in on their annual Three Rivers Arts Festival.

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Day 5: Pittsburgh to Baltimore, MD

Distance: 400km

Time: 4hrs

Leave Pittsburgh via I-76, take the I-83 and detour to York. Visit the Historical Society Museum downtown and check the fine art displays, furniture and tall-case clocks. Head south until Baltimore. The city is known for its historical significance and its important seaport.

Baltimore has an impressive amount of museums, such as the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Walters Museum, Reginald F. Lewis and The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, the former home of an American writer in the 1830s. The house is the site for the International Edgar Allan Poe Festival & Awards, held in October.

Walk around Fell's Point, a charming historic district lined with cobblestone streets, historic buildings, antique stores and street fairs. Stop by the Art Gallery of Fells Point to see some fine work by local artists.

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Day 6: Baltimore to Philadelphia, MD

Distance: 165km

Time: 1hr 45 minutes

After an immersive cultural time in Baltimore, get back on the road via US-1N. Take the exit to US-222 and head to Lancaster. Located in South Central Pennsylvania, the city is one of the oldest inland towns in the U.S. and is best known for being a hub for Pennsylvania's Amish Country.

There are many historical landmarks to visit, such as the Fulton Opera House and Central Market. Visit the Amish communities and allow for a step back in time to experience their slower pace lifestyle.

Philadelphia is notable for its remarkable place in American history. Visit the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed) and other American Revolutionary sites.

Climb the iconic steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, immortalised by Sylvester Stallone's run in the film "Rocky. Don't forget to enjoy an authentic Philly cheesesteak before leaving.

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New York, NY

Day 7: Philadelphia to New York, NY

Distance: 158km

Time: 1hr 35 minutes

For the last part of the trip, take the I-95 and get to "The Big Apple".New York is a city for everyone: from lush green parks. Plenty of cultural options to fantastic shopping and dining. The Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park are iconic sites that must be visited.

Cross the Brooklyn Bridge and check out the other side of the city with its indie vintage shops and locals-only brunch spots. Watch a musical on Broadway and eat the best pizza of your life. Shop at the Soho boutiques and enjoy the nightlife in the city's many bars and clubs.

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