42 days in New York City, Chicago & Indianapolis Itinerary

42 days in New York City, Chicago & Indianapolis Itinerary

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New York City
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Chicago
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Indianapolis
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New York City

— 16 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Fifth Avenue and SoHo. Your inner history buff will appreciate 9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New York City: Cloverdale Farm County Park (in Barnegat), Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (in Oceanville) and Shinnecock East County Park (in Southampton). And it doesn't end there: race across the water with a speed boat tour, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, make a trip to Central Park, and get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History.

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Lagos, Nigeria to New York City is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Lagos to New York City. In July, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Chicago.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

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Chicago

— 14 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Let the collections at The Art Institute of Chicago and Field Museum capture your imagination. The Magnificent Mile and Chicago Cultural Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Chicago's surroundings by going to Atwater Park & Beach (in Shorewood), Weko Beach Park (in Bridgman) and Grant Park (in South Milwaukee). There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, kick back and relax at Silver Beach County Park, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shedd Aquarium.

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Getting from New York City to Chicago by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Chicago. Traveling from New York City in July, Chicago is slightly colder at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Indianapolis

— 10 nights

Circle City

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Spring Mill State Park and Mallow Run Winery. Take a break from the city and head to Exotic Feline Rescue Center and Cardinal Greenway. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Indianapolis: Starve Hollow State Recreation Area (in Vallonia), Dayton (Dayton Dragons Baseball & America's Packard Museum - The Citizens Motorcar Co.) and Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area (in Linton). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Sodalis Nature Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Holliday Park, get outside with Wilstem, and hike along Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

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Fly from Chicago to Indianapolis in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Indianapolis. In August, daily temperatures in Indianapolis can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

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