9 days in Chicago, New Orleans & Washington DC Itinerary

9 days in Chicago, New Orleans & Washington DC Itinerary

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9 days in Chicago, New Orleans & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  5​h
1
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Washington DC
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Newark

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Chicago Gangsters and Ghosts Tours, Chicago Magic Lounge, Second City, and other attractions you added. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Magnificent Mile and Chicago Cultural Center. The Art Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Chicago to go to Saint Joseph and see Silver Beach County Park, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago online visit planner .

Newark to Chicago is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. June in Chicago sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 63°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Chicago

Nightlife Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Silver Beach County Park
Highlights from your plan
Silver Beach County Park ©
Silver Beach County Park
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago Magic Lounge ©
Chicago Magic Lounge

4
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, The Spotted Cat Music Club and Escape My Room New Orleans. Escape the urban bustle at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and Ultimate Swamp Adventures. Garden District and The National WWII Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to French Quarter, admire the striking features of St. Louis Cathedral, take a stroll through Royal Street, and get to know the fascinating history of Jackson Square.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, read New Orleans trip builder website .

Fly from Chicago to New Orleans in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Chicago in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in New Orleans, with lows of 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Ultimate Swamp Adventures
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Escape My Room New Orleans ©
Escape My Room New Orleans
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

1
night
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 12th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Torpedo Factory Art Center, contemplate the long history of Old Town, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Tomb of the Unknowns, and finally take a stroll through Capitol Hill.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Washington DC day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Washington DC takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Washington DC. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New Orleans in June since evenings lows in Washington DC dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Alexandria, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Capitol Hill
Capitol Hill

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