12 days in Chicago & New York City Itinerary

12 days in Chicago & New York City Itinerary

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12 days in Chicago & New York City Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  2​h
2
New York City
— 7 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: London

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Chicago Riverwalk, The Loop, Shedd Aquarium, and other attractions you added. Get a sense of the local culture at The Magnificent Mile and Millennium Park. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, appreciate the history behind Cloud Gate, and ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Chicago trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Chicago is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Chicago. Traveling from London in August, things will get a bit warmer in Chicago: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. On the 13th (Mon), you'll travel to New York City.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Adler Planetarium ©
Adler Planetarium
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile

7
nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Appreciate the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. Change things up with these side-trips from New York City: Bayard Cutting Arboretum (in Great River) and Bronx Zoo (in Bronx). There's much more to do: catch all the local highlights with Narwhal Yacht Charters, shop like a local with Shopping Girlfriend NYC, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument, and admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read New York City journey tool .

Getting from Chicago to New York City by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to New York City due to the time zone difference. In August in New York City, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Bronx Zoo, Bayard Cutting Arboretum
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©

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