8 days in Chicago & New Jersey Itinerary

8 days in Chicago & New Jersey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States planner

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Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly to La Guardia Airport, Drive to Paramus
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Paramus
— 1 night
Drive
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Princeton
— 2 nights
Drive

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Chicago

— 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, get in on the family fun at Fox in a Box Chicago, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and admire the striking features of 360 Chicago Observation Deck.

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Philadelphia to Chicago is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Philadelphia in January, things will get slightly colder in Chicago: highs are around 32°F and lows about 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paramus.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Paramus

— 1 night
Paramus is a borough in Bergen County, in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): learn more about the world around you at Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, then examine the collection at Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, then have fun at Gun For Hire Shooting Range, and finally take an in-depth tour of Lyndhurst Historical Society - Little Red Schoolhouse.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Paramus trip itinerary planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chicago to Paramus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in January, things will get a bit warmer in Paramus: highs are around 39°F and lows about 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Princeton.

Things to do in Paramus

Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Princeton

— 2 nights

College Town

Best known as the home of Princeton University, the town of Princeton centers around the Ivy League school and its stone, vine-covered buildings.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): examine the collection at Morven Museum and Garden, then gain insight at Princeton University, then explore the world behind art at Princeton University Art Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul's Catholic Church. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: center your mind and body at Alchemy Mind and Body, trek along Lawrence Hopewell Trail, brush up on your military savvy at Old Barracks Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Princeton University Chapel, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trinity Church.

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Drive from Paramus to Princeton in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Princeton are 39°F, while nighttime lows are 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Princeton

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

New Jersey travel guide

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Casinos · Shopping Malls · Beaches
The Garden State
Often overshadowed by its legendary neighbor, New York, New Jersey holds its own as a land of thriving industrial cities, sprawling farmland, and lively coastal towns. Called the Garden State, New Jersey is a hub of entertainment and cultural attractions for the east coast, from the famous sandy beaches and carnival-like atmosphere of the Jersey Shore to alluring Atlantic City, the Las Vegas of the east. New Jersey also boasts a wealth of historical places to visit, including battle sites and memorials, such as George Washington's Revolutionary War headquarters.