9 days in Midwest & New York City Itinerary

9 days in Midwest & New York City Itinerary

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9 days in Midwest & New York City Itinerary

Start: Knoxville
Drive:  13​h 45​min
1
Des Moines
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Wisconsin Dells
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Chicago
— 1 night
Drive:  13​h 15​min
4
New York City
— 2 nights
Drive:  12​h
End: Knoxville

2
nights
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a splash at Adventureland.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Des Moines trip itinerary app .

Knoxville to Des Moines is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Knoxville to Des Moines. Traveling from Knoxville in May, you will find days in Des Moines are little chillier (73°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Des Moines

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Adventureland
Highlights from your plan
Adventureland ©
Adventureland
Blank Park Zoo ©
Blank Park Zoo
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building

2
nights
Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells ©
Named after a nearby scenic gorge famous for its steep sandstone formations, Wisconsin Dells features more than 20 water parks, making it one of the most popular vacation areas in this region.
On the 27th (Mon), cool off at Noah's Ark Water Park. On your second day here, examine the collection at Mr Marvel's Wondertorium, then cool off at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Wisconsin Dells online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Wisconsin Dells takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Des Moines in May; daily highs in Wisconsin Dells reach 68°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Theme Parks Tours Outdoors
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Mr Marvel's Wondertorium ©
Mr Marvel's Wondertorium
Zipline
Noah's Ark Water Park ©
Noah's Ark Water Park

1
night
Chicago

Chicago
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Chicago day trip planning website .

Getting from Wisconsin Dells to Chicago by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Wisconsin Dells in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Chicago, with lows around 52°F. On the 29th (Wed), you're off toNew York City.

Things to do in Chicago

Nightlife Parks Outdoors

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): make a trip to 9/11 Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Rockefeller Center and then go for a walk through Central Park.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the New York City trip itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Chicago to New York City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to New York City due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

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

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