9 days in Chicago, New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

9 days in Chicago, New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

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9 days in Chicago, New York City & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Bemidji
Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4​h 45​min
2
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Bemidji

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 26th (Fri), get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shedd Aquarium, and then have some family-friendly fun at Fox in a Box Chicago. Here are some ideas for day two: get your game on at Ragnarok Axe Throwing, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lincoln Park Zoo.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Chicago online travel planner .

Bemidji to Chicago is an approximately 10-hour car ride. You can also fly. Traveling from Bemidji in April, expect Chicago to be a bit warmer, temps between 59°F and 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Chicago

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Ragnarok Axe Throwing ©
Ragnarok Axe Throwing
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Central Park and New York Public Library. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, make a trip to Times Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and explore and take pictures at The High Line.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the New York City online vacation planner .

Getting from Chicago to New York City by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to New York City is 1 hour. In April, daytime highs in New York City are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

2
nights
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 2nd (Thu): learn more about the world around you 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 Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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Fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from New York City in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Washington DC, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin

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