22 days in United States, Toronto & Niagara Falls Itinerary

22 days in United States, Toronto & Niagara Falls Itinerary

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Toronto, Canada
— 3 nights
2
Niagara Falls, Canada
— 4 nights
3
Chicago, United States
— 4 nights
4
Washington DC, United States
— 3 nights
5
New York City, United States
— 5 nights

3
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Toronto, Canada

Toronto
Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
Venture out of the city with trips to iRange Toronto (in Brampton), Alexander Art School & Art Supplies (in Collingwood) and Simcoe County Museum (in Minesing). There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from CN Tower, see the interesting displays at Royal Ontario Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Bad Axe Throwing, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Toronto online trip itinerary maker.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Toronto is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect Toronto to be colder, temps between °C and °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Toronto

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

iRange Toronto, Room Escape Games, Alexander Art School & Art Supplies, Simcoe County Museum, Bad Axe Throwing
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
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Royal Ontario Museum
Royal Ontario Museum
CN Tower
CN Tower
Casa Loma ©
Casa Loma

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Niagara Falls, Canada

Niagara Falls ©
Indisputably one of the world's most impressive natural sights, Niagara Falls straddle the United States/Canada border, marking the spot at which a thundering river plunges over a major escarpment.
Change things up with a short trip to Cornerstone Estate Winery in Beamsville (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Niagara Falls Canada, enjoy breathtaking views from Skylon Tower, identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Conservatory, and admire all the interesting features of Journey Behind the Falls.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Niagara Falls holiday app.

Getting from Toronto to Niagara Falls by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Niagara Falls can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Fun & Games Wineries

Side Trips

St. Catharines, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Cornerstone Estate Winery, Westcott Vineyards
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
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Niagara Falls Canada ©
Niagara Falls Canada
Skylon Tower ©
Skylon Tower
Niagara Fallsview Casino ©
Niagara Fallsview Casino

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Chicago, United States

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chicago: Lost Mountain Adventure Golf (in Woodridge), Fox River Distilling Company (in Geneva) and Dupage Children's Museum (in Naperville). There's much more to do: get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, relax in the rural setting at Ela Orchard, take a leisurely stroll along Navy Pier, and get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Niagara Falls to Chicago takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December in Chicago, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Historic Steppingstone, Lost Mountain Adventure Golf, Lester's Bison Farm, Fox River Distilling Company, Ela Orchard
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:
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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
Washington DC, United States

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Washington DC: Frog Eye Farm (in Knoxville), Jefferson Rock (in Harpers Ferry) and C&O Canal Hike at Point of Rocks Boat Ramp (in Point of Rocks). There's much more to do: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, ponder the world of politics at White House, and explore the world behind art at The Walters Art Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Washington DC tour builder app.

You can fly from Chicago to Washington DC in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in December, with highs in Washington DC at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can take a train to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Trails

Side Trips

Frog Eye Farm, Jefferson Rock, The Walters Art Museum, C&O Canal Hike at Point of Rocks Boat Ramp, Hubert V. Simmons Museum of Negro Leagues Baseball, Inc.
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
White House ©
White House

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New York City, United States

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.
Get out of town with these interesting New York City side-trips: Gateways to Newark: Portraits (in Newark), West Point Foundry Preserve (in Cold Spring) and G. Steve Jordan Gallery (in New Paltz). There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Fifth Avenue, admire the landmark architecture of Flatiron Building, admire the masterpieces at Princeton University Art Museum, and get lost in a book at New York Public Library - Bloomingdale Library.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read New York City day trip planning website.

You can take a train from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in January, expect slightly colder with lows of °C in New York City. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Princeton, Gateways to Newark: Portraits, West Point Foundry Preserve, G. Steve Jordan Gallery
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 8:
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New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library
Fifth Avenue ©
Fifth Avenue
Wall Street ©
Wall Street

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