14 days in Chicago, Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

14 days in Chicago, Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

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14 days in Chicago, Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
New York City
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Edinburgh

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lakefront Trail and Museum of Science and Industry. Chicago Riverwalk and Millennium Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chicago: Deer Grove Forest Preserve (in Palatine), Volo Auto Museum (in Volo) and Baha'i House of Worship (in Wilmette). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain, shop like a local with Chicago Cultural Center, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Name Cathedral.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip planning tool .

Edinburgh, UK to Chicago is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Edinburgh in June, expect Chicago to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Baha'i House of Worship, Deer Grove Forest Preserve, Volo Auto Museum
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Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago

4
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.
The Walters Art Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History will appeal to museum buffs. Manassas National Battlefield Park and Gettysburg National Cemetery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Washington DC: Fort McHenry National Monument (in Baltimore) and Victorian Photography Studio (in Gettysburg). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Smithsonian American Art Museum, step into the grandiose world of Smithsonian Institution Building, get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and take a stroll through Old Town.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Washington DC trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Chicago to Washington DC in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Washington DC is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in July: high temperatures in Washington DC hover around 37°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Baltimore, Old Town, Manassas National Battlefield Park, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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5
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like New York Public Library and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site and Frick Collection. Venture out of the city with trips to Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt (in Hyde Park) and Bushkill Falls (in Bushkill). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Ground Zero Museum Workshop, hunt for treasures at Chelsea Market, appreciate the extensive heritage of Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

Before you visit New York City, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to New York City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. You'll set off for home on the 12th (Fri).

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hyde Park, Bushkill Falls, Brooklyn Heights Promenade
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt ©
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt

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