12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
2
Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Bloomington
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Keystone
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: London

4
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.
Family-friendly places like Central Park and American Museum of Natural History will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock, admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center, and make a trip to Empire State Building.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City trip builder site .

London, UK to New York City is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to New York City. Traveling from London in August, expect New York City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

2
nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Niagara Falls Observation Tower, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Niagara Jet Adventures, then take an in-depth tour of Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium of Niagara, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Niagara Falls.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Niagara Falls travel route builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from New York City to Niagara Falls in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City in August, plan for little chillier nights in Niagara Falls, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Niagara Jet Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Aquarium of Niagara ©
Aquarium of Niagara
Walking tours

2
nights
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 8th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, then meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium, and finally ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Millennium Park, explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lincoln Park Zoo, and finally stroll around Milton Lee Olive Park.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Chicago trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Niagara Falls to Chicago in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Niagara Falls to Chicago. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Niagara Falls in August since evenings lows in Chicago dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bloomington.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo

1
night
Bloomington

Bloomington ©
The city of Bloomington, part of the Minneapolis-St.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): enjoy some diversion at CHS Field, then test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bloomington trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Chicago to Bloomington in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Bloomington can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Bloomington

Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

The Escape Game, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, CHS Field
Highlights from your plan
CHS Field ©
CHS Field
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum ©
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

2
nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Rushmore Tramway Adventures, explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then get great views at Breezy Point Picnic Area.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Keystone route maker site .

You can fly from Bloomington to Keystone in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Bloomington to Keystone is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Keystone when traveling from Bloomington in August, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Theme Parks Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Rushmore Tramway Adventures ©
Rushmore Tramway Adventures
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Breezy Point Picnic Area ©
Breezy Point Picnic Area

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