22 days in Canada & Continental USA Itinerary

22 days in Canada & Continental USA Itinerary

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22 days in Canada & Continental USA Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
1
New York City, United States
— 5 nights
bus:  3​h
2
Boston, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Montreal, Canada
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + ferry:  3​h 15​min
4
Toronto, Canada
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Niagara Falls, Canada
— 1 night
6
Cleveland, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Chicago, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Nashville, United States
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
End: New York City, United States

5
nights
New York City, United States

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.
You've added St. Patrick's Cathedral, Flatiron Building, Castle Clinton National Monument, and other attractions to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, take some stellar pictures from Top of the Rock, admire the landmark architecture of Chrysler Building, and walk around Bryant Park.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read New York City trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are La Guardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport. December in New York City sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Boston.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 25:
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Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Top of the Rock ©
Top of the Rock

4
nights
Boston, United States

Boston ©
Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Change things up with these side-trips from Boston: Heritage Museums & Gardens (in Sandwich), Peabody Essex Museum (in Salem) and Plymouth Rock (in Plymouth). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, appreciate the history behind New England Holocaust Memorial, appreciate the extensive heritage of Freedom Trail, and walk around Boston Common.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Boston vacation builder site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Boston takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in December: high temperatures in Boston hover around 7°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Montreal.

Things to do in Boston

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Heritage Museums & Gardens, Peabody Essex Museum, Plymouth Rock
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts
Heritage Museums & Gardens ©
Heritage Museums & Gardens
Fenway Park ©
Fenway Park

2
nights
Montreal, Canada

Montreal ©
Quebec's economic and cultural capital, Montreal serves as the province's major point of entry, known for its rich history and high standard of living.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre-Dame Basilica, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, and then explore the world behind art at Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Jean-Talon Market, take in nature's colorful creations at Montreal Botanical Garden, and then get a new perspective on nature at Biodome de Montreal.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Montreal trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Boston to Montreal takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Boston in December; daily highs in Montreal reach -1°C and lows reach -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Toronto.

Things to do in Montreal

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal ©
Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal
Notre-Dame Basilica ©
Notre-Dame Basilica
Montreal Botanical Garden ©
Montreal Botanical Garden

2
nights
Toronto, Canada

Toronto ©
Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
On the 1st (Wed), examine the collection at Royal Ontario Museum, explore the historical opulence of Casa Loma, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St James Anglican Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at St. Lawrence Market, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Distillery District, and then enjoy breathtaking views from CN Tower.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Toronto travel tool .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Montreal to Toronto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, Toronto is a bit warmer than Montreal - with highs of -1°C and lows of -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Toronto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
The Distillery District ©
The Distillery District
CN Tower
CN Tower
Royal Ontario Museum ©
Royal Ontario Museum

1
night
Niagara Falls, Canada

Niagara Falls ©
Indisputably one of the world's most impressive natural sights, Niagara Falls straddle the United States/Canada border, marking the spot at which a thundering river plunges over a major escarpment.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Conservatory, appreciate the history behind Clifton Hill War Memorial, then take in panoramic vistas at Skylon Tower, and finally explore the striking landscape at Journey Behind the Falls.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Niagara Falls online trip maker .

Getting from Toronto to Niagara Falls by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Niagara Falls are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cleveland.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Skylon Tower ©
Skylon Tower
Journey Behind the Falls ©
Journey Behind the Falls

2
nights
Cleveland, United States

Cleveland ©
A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): try to win big at JACK Cleveland Casino, then contemplate the long history of West Side Market, and then see the interesting displays at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church, then stroll around Cleveland Metroparks, and finally enjoy some friendly competition at Bay Lanes Bowling.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cleveland trip planner .

You can drive from Niagara Falls to Cleveland in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January in Cleveland, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Cleveland

Fun & Games Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bay Lanes Bowling, St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
The Cleveland Museum of Art ©
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Bay Lanes Bowling ©
Bay Lanes Bowling
Cleveland Metroparks ©
Cleveland Metroparks

2
nights
Chicago, United States

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): examine the collection at The Field Museum, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, and finally appreciate the history behind Cloud Gate. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, don't miss a visit to Buckingham Fountain, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Chicago tour itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Cleveland to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. Traveling from Cleveland to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. January in Chicago sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

2
nights
Nashville, United States

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and then admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Plantation, then examine the collection at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and then take a stroll through Downtown Nashville.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nashville road trip tool .

You can fly from Chicago to Nashville in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in January; daily highs in Nashville reach 10°C and lows reach -1°C. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill) ©
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

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