5 days in Chicago & Washington DC Itinerary

5 days in Chicago & Washington DC Itinerary

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo, then make a trip to Millennium Park, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate. Here are some ideas for day two: get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium, then ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Chicago day trip planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Chicago. In August in Chicago, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to 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
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.
Family-friendly places like National Air and Space Museum and National Zoological Park will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, get a sense of history and politics at White House, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Washington DC trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Chicago to Washington DC in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Chicago to Washington DC, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to 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
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History ©

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