25 days in East Coast of USA & Chicago Itinerary

25 days in East Coast of USA & Chicago Itinerary

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25 days in East Coast of USA & Chicago Itinerary

Start: Belfast
bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Orlando
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Key West
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
4
Niagara Falls
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 30​min
5
Sandwich
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
New York City
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  12​h 15​min
End: Belfast

4
nights
Orlando

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Have a day of magic on the 29th (Wed) at Walt Disney World Resort. Pack the 30th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Orlando Resort. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal's Islands of Adventure, laugh and play at Happily Ever After Fireworks, and pause for some serene contemplation at Resurrection Catholic Church.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Orlando route planner.

Belfast, UK to Orlando is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Belfast to Orlando is minus 5 hours. While traveling from Belfast, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Orlando, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Historic Sites Nightlife

Side Trip

Resurrection Catholic Church
Highlights from your plan
Happily Ever After Fireworks ©
Happily Ever After Fireworks
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort

2
nights
Key West

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
On the 2nd (Sun), examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take in the waterfront at Mallory Square, and finally pause for some photo ops at Florida Keys Historical Military Memorial. Keep things going the next day: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then make a trip to Southernmost Point, and then make a trip to Duval Street.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Key West trip site .

You can fly from Orlando to Key West in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Key West

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©

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.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, get a sense of history and politics at White House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral, and appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To find out how to plan a trip to Washington DC, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Key West to Washington DC in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Key West in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Washington DC, with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

3
nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Step out of Niagara Falls to go to Buffalo and see Canalside, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds, enjoy breathtaking views from Niagara Falls Observation Tower, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of Niagara, and take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Niagara Falls road trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Washington DC to Niagara Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In August, Niagara Falls is slightly colder than Washington DC - with highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sandwich.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Buffalo, Niagara Jet Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Niagara Jet Adventures ©
Niagara Jet Adventures
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls

3
nights
Sandwich

Sandwich ©
Sandwich is a town in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Provincetown (MacMillan Wharf & Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Heritage Museums & Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Plimoth Plantation, explore the landscape on two wheels at Shining Sea Bikeway, and steep yourself in history at Hoxie House.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sandwich visit planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Niagara Falls to Sandwich in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to New York City.

Things to do in Sandwich

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Provincetown, Plymouth, Shining Sea Bikeway
Highlights from your plan
Heritage Museums & Gardens ©
Heritage Museums & Gardens
Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum ©
Sandwich Glass Museum ©
Sandwich Glass Museum

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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, take a stroll through Times Square, make a trip to Statue of Liberty National Monument, and walk around The High Line.

For maps and other tourist information, you can read our New York City online vacation builder .

Traveling by car from Sandwich to New York City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sandwich in August, with highs in New York City at 34°C and lows at 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Field Museum, then admire all the interesting features of Wrigley Field, and then take in panoramic vistas at 360 Chicago Observation Deck.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Chicago online travel planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Chicago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Chicago is minus 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Wrigley Field ©
Wrigley Field
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

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