12 days in Boston & Chicago Itinerary

12 days in Boston & Chicago Itinerary

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12 days in Boston & Chicago Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
train + Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Boston
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Chicago
— 6 nights
+3
Fly + train + subway + train:  13​h
End: Birmingham

5
nights
Boston

Boston ©
Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Get out of town with these interesting Boston side-trips: Tributary Brewing (in Kittery), Marginal Way Walkway (in Ogunquit) and Sandwich (Heritage Museums & Gardens & Sandwich Glass Museum). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, browse the collection at Boston Public Library, appreciate the extensive heritage of Freedom Trail, and take an in-depth tour of John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Boston trip planner .

Birmingham, UK to Boston is an approximately 11-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or fly. Traveling from Birmingham to Boston, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, Boston is little chillier than Birmingham - with highs of 7°C and lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Boston

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Sandwich, Marginal Way Walkway, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Tributary Brewing
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Marginal Way Walkway ©
Marginal Way Walkway
Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts
Freedom Trail ©
Freedom Trail

6
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, admire the striking features of 360 Chicago Observation Deck, get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo, and see the interesting displays at The Field Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Chicago day trip tool .

Fly from Boston to Chicago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, Horseshoe Hammond
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

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