8 days in Chicago, Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

8 days in Chicago, Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

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8 days in Chicago, Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
New York City
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Zurich

1
night
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Reliance Building. On your second day here, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, then admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally stroll around Millennium Park.

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Zurich, Switzerland to Chicago is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in November, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral, and finally appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, then get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and finally appreciate the history behind Washington Monument.

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Getting from Chicago to Washington DC by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Washington DC. Traveling from Chicago in November, things will get a bit warmer in Washington DC: highs are around 17°C and lows about 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

4
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, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, admire the striking features of Chrysler Building, and enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building.

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Traveling by flight from Washington DC to New York City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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