9 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

9 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

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9 days in East Coast of USA Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Cape May
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
New York City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Fairfield
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Phippsburg
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Chicago

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.
Get some historical perspective at Washington National Cathedral and The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Air and Space Museum and Arlington National Cemetery. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Plan my day in Washington DC using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Chicago to Washington DC is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Washington DC is 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Washington DC, with lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cape May.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Arlington
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Washington National Cathedral ©
Washington National Cathedral
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum

1
night
Cape May

Cape May ©
Cape May represents the other Jersey Shore--the one you don't see on TV--the one with a rich history and a refined, relaxed atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at North Wildwood Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Stone Harbor Point, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cape May City Beaches.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape May trip tool .

Traveling by car from Washington DC to Cape May takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Washington DC in June, with highs in Cape May at 78°F and lows at 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to New York City.

Things to do in Cape May

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

North Wildwood Beach, Stone Harbor Point
Highlights from your plan
North Wildwood Beach ©
North Wildwood Beach
Cape May City Beaches ©
Cape May City Beaches

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like 9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island. Get some historical perspective at St. Patrick's Cathedral and St. Paul's Chapel. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, and take a stroll through Times Square.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the New York City holiday planner .

You can drive from Cape May to New York City in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus, tram, and train. In June in New York City, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fairfield.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Ellis Island ©
Ellis Island

1
night
Fairfield

Fairfield ©
Fairfield is a town located in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Sasko Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Southport Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Fairfield road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from New York City to Fairfield takes 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Fairfield can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Phippsburg.

Things to do in Fairfield

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Southport Beach
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Sasko Beach ©
Sasko Beach

1
night
Phippsburg

Phippsburg ©
Phippsburg is a town in Sagadahoc County, Maine, United States, on the west side of the mouth of the Kennebec River. On the 14th (Sun), admire the majestic nature at Reid State Park, then make a trip to Doubling Point Lighthouse, and then immerse yourself in nature at Popham Beach State Park.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Phippsburg online visit planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fairfield to Phippsburg. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Fairfield in June, with highs in Phippsburg at 73°F and lows at 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Phippsburg

Nature Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Doubling Point Lighthouse, Reid State Park
Highlights from your plan
Popham Beach State Park ©
Popham Beach State Park
Doubling Point Lighthouse ©
Doubling Point Lighthouse
Reid State Park ©
Reid State Park

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