9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Raleigh
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Raleigh
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Buffalo
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Raleigh

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Raleigh

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
On the 11th (Sat), learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, get curious at Marbles Kids Museum, and then stroll through Pullen Park.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Raleigh online attractions planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Raleigh. In May in Raleigh, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Raleigh

Childrens Museums Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pullen Park ©
Pullen Park
Marbles Kids Museum ©
Marbles Kids Museum

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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 12th (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin, and finally pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through National Zoological Park, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, and finally pause for some photo ops at Jefferson Memorial.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Washington DC fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Raleigh to Washington DC by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park

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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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock, contemplate the long history of 9/11 Memorial, and examine the collection at New York Public Library.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our New York City travel website .

Getting from Washington DC to New York City by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in May, expect nights in New York City to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Buffalo.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

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night
Buffalo

Buffalo ©
The most populous city in the state after New York, Buffalo serves as the gateway to Niagara Falls and Canada for many travelers.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, admire the sheer force of Niagara Falls, and then Head underground at Cave of the Winds.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Buffalo trip simple and quick.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Buffalo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New York City in May since evenings lows in Buffalo dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Buffalo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Niagara Falls
Highlights from your plan
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls

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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 18th (Sat): get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and then have some family-friendly fun at Fox in a Box Chicago. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lincoln Park Zoo, admire all the interesting features of Wrigley Field, and then get your game on at BATL-The Backyard Axe Throwing League.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Buffalo to Chicago takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Buffalo to Chicago is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Fox in a Box Chicago ©
Fox in a Box Chicago
Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

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