18 days in East Coast of USA, Chicago & Wisconsin Dells Itinerary

18 days in East Coast of USA, Chicago & Wisconsin Dells Itinerary

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New York City
— 5 nights
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Washington DC
— 1 night
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Chicago
— 4 nights
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Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
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Chicago
— 2 nights
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Wisconsin Dells
— 1 day
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Chicago
— 2 nights
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New York City — 5 nights

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Bring the kids along to 9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Statue of Liberty National Monument. Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trinity Church, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the New York City visit planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to New York City is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Abu Dhabi to New York City, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in July, expect nights in New York City to be a bit cooler, around 26°C, while days are cooler, around 35°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Washington DC.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Washington DC — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, see the interesting displays at The National Archives Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Washington DC online trip maker.

Fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can fly to Chicago.
Museums · Historic Sites

Chicago — 4 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Art Institute of Chicago and Cantigny Park. Get some cultural insight at Museum of Science and Industry and Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Chicago route builder website.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Chicago takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. August in Chicago sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Niagara Falls.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums
Side Trips

Niagara Falls — 2 nights

The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S. half of the famous waterfall that straddles the border between Canada and the United States.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): meet the residents at Aquarium of Niagara, then admire the sheer force of Niagara Falls, and then immerse yourself in nature at Whirlpool State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House and then brush up on your military savvy at Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Niagara Falls planner.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Niagara Falls takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Niagara Falls due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Chicago in August since evenings lows in Niagara Falls dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Chicago.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Chicago — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Marquette Building, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fourth Presbyterian Church, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago tour itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Niagara Falls to Chicago in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Niagara Falls in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Chicago, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Wisconsin Dells.
Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Wisconsin Dells — 1 day

Named after a nearby scenic gorge famous for its steep sandstone formations, Wisconsin Dells features more than 20 water parks, making it one of the most popular vacation areas in this region.
On the 9th (Tue), make a splash at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Wisconsin Dells online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Chicago to Wisconsin Dells in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Chicago in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Wisconsin Dells, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Chicago.
Theme Parks · Tours · Adventure · Outdoors

Chicago — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, learn about all things military at Cantigny Park, and then make a trip to Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fourth Presbyterian Church, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally make a trip to Marquette Building.

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Traveling by car from Wisconsin Dells to Chicago takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Wisconsin Dells in August since evenings lows in Chicago dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trips