8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
train:  1​h 30​min
1
Philadelphia
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Boston
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 6th (Wed), appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center, then admire the masterpieces at Barnes Foundation, and then explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hunt for treasures at Reading Terminal Market, get engrossed in the history at Independence Hall, then get to know the fascinating history of Independence National Historical Park, and finally wander the streets of Rittenhouse Square.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Philadelphia trip planner.

New York City to Philadelphia is an approximately 1.5-hour bus ride. You can also take a train; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Barnes Foundation ©
Barnes Foundation

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and then ponder the world of politics at White House. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Zoological Park, explore the activities along Tidal Basin, and then appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Washington DC sightseeing planner.

Getting from Philadelphia to Washington DC by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. February in Washington DC sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): stroll through Lincoln Park Zoo, admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and then contemplate the long history of Marquette Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): try your luck at Horseshoe Hammond and then wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago road trip tool .

Fly from Washington DC to Chicago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in February: high temperatures in Chicago hover around 2°C and lows are around -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Boston.

Things to do in Chicago

Neighborhoods Shopping Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Horseshoe Hammond
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Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile

2
nights
Boston

Boston ©
Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): shop like a local with Newbury Street, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, and then stop by Brookline Booksmith. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Nantasket Beach, then wander the streets of North End, and then browse the different shops at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Boston online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Chicago to Boston in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Boston due to the time zone difference. In February, daily temperatures in Boston can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Boston

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Brookline Booksmith, Nantasket Beach
Highlights from your plan
Newbury Street ©
Newbury Street
Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts
North End ©
North End

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