15 days in Chicago & Washington DC Itinerary

15 days in Chicago & Washington DC Itinerary

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Washington DC
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Chicago

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Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
The Art Institute of Chicago and Chicago Cultural Center will appeal to museum buffs. For shopping fun, head to The Magnificent Mile or Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. Get out of town with these interesting Chicago side-trips: Veteran Acres Park (in Crystal Lake), Cantigny Park (in Wheaton) and Willow Springs (Centennial Bike Trail & Little Red Schoolhouse). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, admire the landmark architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fourth Presbyterian Church.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Chicago online trip builder.

Auckland, New Zealand to Chicago is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Chicago is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Auckland in February, things will get much colder in Chicago: highs are around 2°C and lows about -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Natural History Museum
Field Museum
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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.
Popular historic sites such as The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Arlington National Cemetery are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Tidal Basin and Ballenger Creek Linear Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Washington DC: Antietam National Battlefield (in Sharpsburg), Inside Ski Training Center (in Leesburg) and Mount Vernon Trail (in Arlington). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, walk around Gettysburg National Military Park, contemplate the long history of Georgetown University, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Washington DC travel route planner.

Fly from Chicago to Washington DC in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Washington DC is 1 hour. In February, Washington DC is somewhat warmer than Chicago - with highs of 10°C and lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Tidal Basin
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