12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Drive:  9​h 15​min
1
Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + foot:  5​h 15​min
2
Boston
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  3​h
3
New York City
— 1 night
4
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
5
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Drive:  11​h 45​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Niagara Falls, then take in panoramic vistas at Niagara Falls Observation Tower, then examine the collection at Niagara Power Project Visitors Center, and finally trek along Niagara Gorge Trail.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Niagara Falls trip planning tool .

Chicago to Niagara Falls is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Niagara Falls is 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Niagara Falls, with lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Niagara Power Project Visitors Center
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Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
Niagara Gorge Trail ©
Niagara Gorge Trail

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take a stroll through Newbury Street, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old North Church & Historic Site, and then get to know the fascinating history of Freedom Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): appreciate the history behind New England Holocaust Memorial, browse the eclectic array of goods at Quincy Market, then shop like a local with Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Boston day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Niagara Falls to Boston in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 65°F. You'll set off for New York City on the 6th (Tue).

Things to do in Boston

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Newbury Street ©
Newbury Street
Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts
Faneuil Hall Marketplace ©
Faneuil Hall Marketplace

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): choose your vessel at Narwhal Yacht Charters. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Henry Hudson Trail, then stroll through 8th Ave Jetty, then look for gifts at Sahadi's Specialty and Fine Foods, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Chelsea Market.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the New York City road trip site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Boston to New York City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Boston in August since evenings lows in New York City dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Henry Hudson Trail, 8th Ave Jetty, Sahadi's Specialty and Fine Foods
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Narwhal Yacht Charters ©
Narwhal Yacht Charters
Chelsea Market ©
Chelsea Market

2
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 8th (Thu), wander the streets of Rittenhouse Square, explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, then get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary, then browse the exhibits of Independence Hall, and finally view the masterpieces at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Philadelphia online trip itinerary builder .

Take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Philadelphia's Magic Gardens ©
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall

3
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.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and Old Town are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Skyline Drive and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Step out of Washington DC to go to Sperryville and see Copper Fox Distillery, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, take a stroll through Capitol Hill, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Washington DC day trip planning website .

You can take a train from Philadelphia to Washington DC in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Copper Fox Distillery, Skyline Drive, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Old Town
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Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum

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