26 days in Chicago & Albuquerque Itinerary

26 days in Chicago & Albuquerque Itinerary

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26 days in Chicago & Albuquerque Itinerary

Start: Dayton
taxi + Fly:  3​h
1
Chicago
— 12 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Albuquerque
— 13 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
End: Dayton

12
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 Geneva Lake Shore Path and Lakefront Trail. You'll get in some beach time at Silver Beach County Park and Grand Mere State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to South Bend (Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes & Basilica of the Sacred Heart), Kishwauketoe Conservancy (in Williams Bay) and Geneva Lake (in Lake Geneva). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Starved Rock State Park, get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baha'i House of Worship, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Chicago road trip planning website .

Dayton to Chicago is an approximately 3-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dayton to Chicago. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

South Bend, Utica, Saint Joseph, Naperville, Lake Geneva
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sacred Heart ©
Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Silver Beach County Park ©
Silver Beach County Park
Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park

13
nights
Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Take a break from the city and head to El Malpais National Monument and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Visit Petroglyph National Monument and Puye Cliff Dwellings for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Albuquerque: Jemez Springs (Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs & Valles Caldera National Preserve), Los Alamos (Bandelier National Monument & Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and General Leslie Statues) and Santa Fe (Cristo Rey, The Harrell House Bug Museum, & more). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pecos National Historical Park, get engrossed in the history at Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, examine the collection at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, and take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Albuquerque trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Albuquerque takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in Albuquerque are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Santa Fe, Jemez Springs, Los Alamos, Grants, Pecos
Highlights from your plan
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument

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