12 days in New York City, Chicago & San Diego Itinerary

12 days in New York City, Chicago & San Diego Itinerary

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12 days in New York City, Chicago & San Diego Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + bus:  18​h 45​min
1
New York City
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: New Delhi

4
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: stroll around Central Park, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and don't miss a visit to Rockefeller Center.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City sightseeing planner .

New Delhi, India to New York City is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, subway, and train. Traveling from New Delhi to New York City, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from New Delhi in December: highs in New York City hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, don't miss a visit to Buckingham Fountain, get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo, and contemplate the long history of Ernest Hemingway Birthplace.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago road trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Chicago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Chicago. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from New York City in December: high temperatures in Chicago hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo

3
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then stroll around Balboa Park.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego vacation planner .

You can fly from Chicago to San Diego in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Chicago in December, things will get much hotter in San Diego: highs are around 23°C and lows about 12°C. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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