12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  13​h 30​min
Atlanta
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
New York City
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
Rio de Janeiro

1
day
Atlanta

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Stone Mountain Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Atlanta travel planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Atlanta is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Rio de Janeiro in November, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Atlanta: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Silver Comet Trail, Stone Mountain Park
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Stone Mountain Park
Centennial Olympic Park
Silver Comet Trail

2
days
Washington DC

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Tomb of the Unknowns, then pause for some photo ops at Washington Monument, and finally get a sense of history and politics at The White House. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Great Falls Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Washington DC trip builder.

Getting from Atlanta to Washington DC by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Atlanta in November, expect nights in Washington DC to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Great Falls Park, Tomb of the Unknowns
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Great Falls Park
Tomb of the Unknowns
Washington Monument

3
days
New York City

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Visit 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Bayard Cutting Arboretum and Swartswood State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New York City: High Point State Park (in Sussex) and Ort Farms (in Long Valley). There's more to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the New York City trip generator.

You can fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. December in New York City sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ort Farms, Swartswood State Park, Bayard Cutting Arboretum, High Point State Park
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Bayard Cutting Arboretum
St. Patrick's Cathedral
9/11 Memorial

4
days
Chicago

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Step off the beaten path and head to Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area and Starved Rock State Park. Get outdoors at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and Sarett Nature Center. When in Chicago, make a side trip to see Grand Mere State Park in Stevensville, approximately 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Millennium Park, get to know the fascinating history of Chicago Riverwalk, pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate, and admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago vacation trip planner.

Getting from New York City to Chicago by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in December: high temperatures in Chicago hover around 4°C and lows are around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area, Grand Mere State Park, Starved Rock State Park, Sarett Nature Center, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
Highlights from your plan
Starved Rock State Park
Grand Mere State Park

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