42 days in New York City, Chicago & Indianapolis Itinerary

42 days in New York City, Chicago & Indianapolis Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour planner

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New York City
— 16 nights
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Chicago
— 14 nights
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Indianapolis
— 10 nights
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New York City

— 16 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Fifth Avenue and Alex Ferrone Gallery. Your inner history buff will appreciate 9/11 Memorial and St. Paul's Chapel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New York City: Cloverdale Farm County Park (in Barnegat), Shinnecock East County Park (in Southampton) and Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (in Oceanville). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, wander the streets of Times Square, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cupsogue Beach County Park.

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Lagos, Nigeria to New York City is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Lagos to New York City is minus 6 hours. In July, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

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Find places to stay Jul 14 — 30:

Chicago

— 14 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Let the collections at The Art Institute of Chicago and Ernest Hemingway Birthplace capture your imagination. The Magnificent Mile and Museum of Science and Industry are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Chicago's surroundings by going to Grant Park (in South Milwaukee), Weko Beach Park (in Bridgman) and Atwater Park & Beach (in Shorewood). There's still lots to do: get curious at Field Museum, trek along Little Red Schoolhouse, browse the exhibits of Chicago Cultural Center, and look for all kinds of wild species at Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary.

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Getting from New York City to Chicago by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Chicago. Traveling from New York City in July, Chicago is slightly colder at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 13:

Indianapolis

— 10 nights

Circle City

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Spring Mill State Park and America's Packard Museum - The Citizens Motorcar Co.. Take a break from the city and head to Exotic Feline Rescue Center and Cardinal Greenway. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Indianapolis: Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area (in Linton), Starve Hollow State Recreation Area (in Vallonia) and Dayton Dragons Baseball (in Dayton). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Sodalis Nature Park, admire the majestic nature at Turkey Run State Park, explore the landscape on two wheels at Monon Trail, and trek along Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

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Traveling by car from Chicago to Indianapolis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Indianapolis due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Indianapolis can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

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