23 days in United States & Bucharest Itinerary

23 days in United States & Bucharest Itinerary

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23 days in United States & Bucharest Itinerary

Start: Ploiesti, Romania
Drive:  1 h 15 min
1
Bucharest, Romania
— Few hours
Fly:  23 h 15 min
2
Chicago, United States
— 15 nights
Fly:  10 h
3
Chattanooga, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  10 h
4
Clearwater, United States
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  23 h 15 min
End: Ploiesti, Romania

few
hours
Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest ©
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bucharest sightseeing planner.

Ploiesti to Bucharest is an approximately 2-hour car. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -2°C. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Chicago.

Things to do in Bucharest

Historic Sites
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Stavropoleos Monastery ©
Stavropoleos Monastery

15
nights
Chicago, United States

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kids will enjoy Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago and Edwards Apple Orchard. Get in touch with nature at Geneva Lake Shore Path and Zipline. Change things up with these side-trips from Chicago: The Little Traveler (in Geneva), Stade's Farm and Market (in McHenry), Kline Creek Farm (in West Chicago), North Beach Park (in Racine), Naperville (Adagio Teas Naperville & Centennial Beach), Silver Springs State Park (in Yorkville), Rock Cut State Park (in Loves Park), Buffalo Rock State Park (in Ottawa), Blackberry Farm (in Aurora), Volo Bog State Natural Area (in Ingleside) and Three Oaks Recreation Area (in Crystal Lake). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to The Magnificent Mile, enjoy breathtaking views from 360 CHICAGO, ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Michigan.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Chicago holiday planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Bucharest to Chicago in 23.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Bucharest to Chicago. When traveling from Bucharest in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Chicago: temperatures range from 1°C by day to -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Naperville, Silver Springs State Park, North Beach Park, Three Oaks Recreation Area, Blackberry Farm
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Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Field Museum ©
Field Museum

1
night
Chattanooga, United States

Chattanooga
Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
For maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Chattanooga trip generator.

You can do a combination of subway, flight, and taxi from Chicago to Chattanooga in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Chattanooga due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in December: high temperatures in Chattanooga hover around 13°C and lows are around 1°C. You will leave for Clearwater on the 27th (Tue).

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Outdoors Nature
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nights
Clearwater, United States

Clearwater ©
Holding the record for most consecutive days of sunshine in a single year, Clearwater offers long sandy beaches and proximity to other major cities in the Tampa Bay area.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at St. Armands Circle Parking Lot and John's Pass Village and Boardwalk. Kids will enjoy Clearwater Beach and Candy Kitchen. Get out of town with these interesting Clearwater side-trips: Sarasota (Cà d'Zan Mansion & Marie Selby Botanical Gardens).

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Clearwater travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Chattanooga to Clearwater in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and taxi. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Chattanooga in December, with highs in Clearwater at 28°C and lows at 18°C. On the 31st (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Clearwater

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Sarasota, Madeira Beach
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Clearwater Beach ©
Clearwater Beach
Ca d'Zan ©
Ca d'Zan
Candy Kitchen ©
Candy Kitchen

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