9 days in Chicago & Atlanta Itinerary

9 days in Chicago & Atlanta Itinerary

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9 days in Chicago & Atlanta Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Atlanta
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: New York City

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wind Point Lighthouse and Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Do some cultural sightseeing at Baha'i House of Worship and Lincoln Park. Get out of town with these interesting Chicago side-trips: Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes (in South Bend), Southport Light Station Museum (in Kenosha) and Silver Beach County Park (in Saint Joseph). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverwalk Lot, take a stroll through The Loop, admire the landmark architecture of Holy Name Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Richard H. Driehaus Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago travel route tool .

New York City to Chicago is an approximately 5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Chicago is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in July, plan for little chillier nights in Chicago, with lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Atlanta.

Things to do in Chicago

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

South Bend, Riverwalk Lot, Southport Light Station Museum, Silver Beach County Park, Cantigny Park
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Baha'i House of Worship ©
Baha'i House of Worship
Basilica of the Sacred Heart ©
Basilica of the Sacred Heart

4
nights
Atlanta

Atlanta ©
Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Silver Comet Trail and Little White House. For shopping fun, head to Center for Civil and Human Rights or Your Dekalb Farmers Market. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Atlanta: Wild Animal Safari (in Pine Mountain) and Macon (Hay House, Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Oakland Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta, see the interesting displays at High Museum of Art, and have fun and explore at Interact Art Museum.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Atlanta day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Atlanta takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Atlanta. Traveling from Chicago in July, you will find days in Atlanta are somewhat warmer (89°F), and nights are about the same (72°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Atlanta

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Macon, Silver Comet Trail, Your Dekalb Farmers Market, Little White House, Wild Animal Safari
Highlights from your plan
Oakland Cemetery ©
Oakland Cemetery
Little White House ©
Little White House

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