5 days in Chicago & Washington DC Itinerary

5 days in Chicago & Washington DC Itinerary

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5 days in Chicago & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Chicago
1
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Chicago

1
night
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 28th (Wed), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lincoln Park Zoo, then get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally don't miss a visit to Cloud Gate. Here are some ideas for day two: get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, then make a trip to Buckingham Fountain, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Chicago trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Chicago. August in Chicago sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Chicago

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Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo

3
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like National Air and Space Museum and Tidal Basin. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial, ponder the world of politics at White House, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Washington DC trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Chicago to Washington DC in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Washington DC. In August, daytime highs in Washington DC are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park

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