22 days in United States, Toronto & Niagara Falls Itinerary

22 days in United States, Toronto & Niagara Falls Itinerary

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22 days in United States, Toronto & Niagara Falls Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Toronto, Canada
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Niagara Falls, Canada
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Chicago, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Washington DC, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
New York City, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

3
nights
Toronto, Canada

Toronto ©
Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
Change things up with these side-trips from Toronto: iRange Toronto (in Brampton), Simcoe County Museum (in Minesing) and Alexander Art School & Art Supplies (in Collingwood). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from CN Tower, view the masterpieces at Krajewski Gallery, admire the striking features of Casa Loma, and see the interesting displays at Royal Ontario Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Toronto trip maker tool .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Toronto is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Johannesburg to Toronto, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect Toronto to be much colder, temps between 2°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Toronto

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Krajewski Gallery, Alexander Art School & Art Supplies, Room Escape Games, 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

4
nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Niagara Falls to Beamsville to see Cornerstone Estate Winery about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Niagara Falls, try to win big at Niagara Fallsview Casino, have some family-friendly fun at BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League, and do a tasting at The Hare Wine Co..

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Niagara Falls vacation builder site .

You can drive from Toronto to Niagara Falls in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Fun & Games Wineries

Side Trips

Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines, Cornerstone Estate Winery, Westcott Vineyards
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
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Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
Journey Behind the Falls ©
Journey Behind the Falls

4
nights
Chicago, United States

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Explore Chicago's surroundings by going to Lost Mountain Adventure Golf (in Woodridge), Fox River Distilling Company (in Geneva) and Dupage Children's Museum (in Naperville). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, test your team's savvy at The Escape Game Chicago, steep yourself in history at Historic Steppingstone, and get curious at Museum of Science and Industry.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Niagara Falls to Chicago by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. December in Chicago sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish up 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

Ela Orchard, Dupage Children's Museum, Lester's Bison Farm, Lost Mountain Adventure Golf, Fox River Distilling Company
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:
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The Escape Game Chicago ©
The Escape Game Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Frog Eye Farm (in Knoxville), C&O Canal Hike at Point of Rocks Boat Ramp (in Point of Rocks) and Jefferson Rock (in Harpers Ferry). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, explore the world behind art at The Walters Art Museum, get lost in a book at Noyes Library for Young Children, and ponder the world of politics at White House.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Washington DC journey planner .

Getting from Chicago to Washington DC by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Washington DC is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in December; daily highs in Washington DC reach 12°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Noyes Library for Young Children, Hubert V. Simmons Museum of Negro Leagues Baseball, Inc., Frog Eye Farm, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Jefferson Rock
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
Vietnam Veterans Memorial ©
Vietnam Veterans Memorial

5
nights
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: West Point Foundry Preserve (in Cold Spring), Princeton (Princeton University Art Museum & Princeton Public Library) and G. Steve Jordan Gallery (in New Paltz). The adventure continues: examine the collection at New York Public Library, appreciate the history behind FDNY Memorial Wall, wander the streets of Fifth Avenue, and explore the world behind art at The Studio Museum in Harlem.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our New York City day trip site .

Fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in New York City when traveling from Washington DC in January, with lows around -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Princeton, West Point Foundry Preserve, Gateways to Newark: Portraits, 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

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