11 days in Chicago, Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

11 days in Chicago, Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

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11 days in Chicago, Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  23​h
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
Sydney

1
day
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, then make a trip to Millennium Park, and then take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Chicago itinerary builder website .

Sydney, Australia to Chicago is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Sydney to Chicago due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Chicago reach 4°C and lows reach -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower ©
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower

3
days
Washington DC

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.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, get a sense of history and politics at The White House, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Washington DC online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Washington DC takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Washington DC due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in December: high temperatures in Washington DC hover around 13°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
The White House ©
The White House

4
days
New York City

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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Central Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock Observation Deck, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, and admire the striking features of Empire State Building.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the New York City sightseeing planner.

Fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in New York City sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Brooklyn Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building

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