12 days in Chicago & Washington DC Itinerary

12 days in Chicago & Washington DC Itinerary

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12 days in Chicago & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Washington DC
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Chicago

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Art Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Chicago Riverwalk. Change things up with these side-trips from Chicago: Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm (in Homer Glen), Reddick Mansion and Gardens (in Ottawa) and Starved Rock State Park (in Utica). There's much more to do: get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, admire the striking features of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and explore and take pictures at Wrigley Field.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Chicago online tour planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Chicago. In October, daytime highs in Chicago are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Chicago

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Starved Rock State Park, Reddick Mansion and Gardens, Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park

7
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and Antietam National Battlefield. National Air and Space Museum and Tomb of the Unknowns are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Washington DC side-trips: Skyline Drive (in Shenandoah National Park), U.S. Naval Academy (in Annapolis) and Gettysburg (Gettysburg Museum of History, Jennie Wade House, & more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, see the interesting displays at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Memorial, and admire the architecture and history at Fort McHenry National Monument.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Washington DC day trip tool .

Fly from Chicago to Washington DC in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Washington DC due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Chicago, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Washington DC, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Antietam National Battlefield, U.S. Naval Academy, Tomb of the Unknowns, Skyline Drive
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park ©

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