53 days in Atlanta, Washington DC & Chicago Itinerary

53 days in Atlanta, Washington DC & Chicago Itinerary

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Atlanta
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Washington DC
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Chicago
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Atlanta — 13 nights

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Venture out of the city with trips to Minnehaha Falls (in Lakemont), Swift-Cantrell Park (in Kennesaw) and Booth Western Art Museum (in Cartersville). There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Georgia Aquarium, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hills & Dales Estate, identify plant and animal life at Noah's Ark Rehabilitation Center, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Atlanta trip itinerary builder tool.

Newark to Atlanta is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Newark in May: high temperatures in Atlanta hover around 80°F and lows are around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Washington DC.
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Washington DC — 22 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Emmitsburg (National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton & National Fallen Firefighters Memorial), National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle) and Baltimore (Horseshoe Casino & Sagamore Spirit Distillery). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park, and pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Washington DC trip planner.

Fly from Atlanta to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Washington DC are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Chicago.
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Chicago — 17 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chicago: Illinois Prairie Path (in Wheaton), Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. (in DeKalb) and Lilacia Park (in Lombard). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, take in the waterfront at Navy Pier, and stroll through Millennium Park.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago travel planning website.

Getting from Washington DC to Chicago by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to Chicago due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in June; daily highs in Chicago reach 81°F and lows reach 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.
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