15 days in New Jersey & Chicago Itinerary

15 days in New Jersey & Chicago Itinerary

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Princeton
— 2 nights
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Asbury Park
— 3 nights
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Jersey City
— 3 nights
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Chicago
— 6 nights
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Princeton

— 2 nights

College Town

Best known as the home of Princeton University, the town of Princeton centers around the Ivy League school and its stone, vine-covered buildings.
Princeton is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Princeton University Art Museum, relax and rejuvenate at Alchemy Mind and Body, walk around Grounds For Sculpture, and gain insight at Princeton University.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Princeton online attractions planner.

Philadelphia to Princeton is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or ride a tram. In January, plan for daily highs up to 39°F, and evening lows to 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Asbury Park.

Things to do in Princeton

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Asbury Park

— 3 nights
Asbury Park is a city in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, located on the Jersey Shore and part of the New York City Metropolitan Area. Change things up with these side-trips from Asbury Park: Highlands (The Highlands-Sea Bridge & Hartshorne Woods Park) and Henry Hudson Trail (in Marlboro). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at Kur Wellness Studios, brush up on your military savvy at InfoAge - Science History Learning Center and Museum, identify plant and animal life at Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway, and stroll around Bliss Price Arboretum and Wildlife Sanctuary.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Asbury Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Princeton to Asbury Park in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 39°F, and evening lows to 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Jersey City.

Things to do in Asbury Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Jersey City

— 3 nights
Jersey City is the second-most-populous city in the U.S. Explore Jersey City's surroundings by going to Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center (in Little Falls), Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (in Mahwah) and Gun For Hire Shooting Range (in Woodland Park). There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Hoboken Waterfront Walkway, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church, take in the waterfront at Weehawken Recreation Pier, and glide through natural beauty at High Point Cross Country Ski Center.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Jersey City tour itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Asbury Park to Jersey City in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. January in Jersey City sees daily highs of 40°F and lows of 24°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Jersey City

Parks · Museums · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Chicago

— 6 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, admire the striking features of 360 Chicago Observation Deck, find something for the whole family at Fox in a Box Chicago, and get curious at Museum of Science and Industry.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Chicago trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Jersey City to Chicago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Jersey City in January, expect Chicago to be slightly colder, temps between 32°F and 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

New Jersey travel guide

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Casinos · Shopping Malls · Beaches
The Garden State
Often overshadowed by its legendary neighbor, New York, New Jersey holds its own as a land of thriving industrial cities, sprawling farmland, and lively coastal towns. Called the Garden State, New Jersey is a hub of entertainment and cultural attractions for the east coast, from the famous sandy beaches and carnival-like atmosphere of the Jersey Shore to alluring Atlantic City, the Las Vegas of the east. New Jersey also boasts a wealth of historical places to visit, including battle sites and memorials, such as George Washington's Revolutionary War headquarters.