New Orleans to DC and NYC or just Chicago???
Let me start off by saying this is my first post, but I have been enjoying the forum for a few months now. I am looking to take a road trip with my wife starting 12/28, and coming back 1/2, possibly 1/3. I am a huge Christmas buff, and so is my wife. She has never been to NYC or DC, but I have. I would love to drive to DC and NYC for her to see the Christmas displays, but I am afraid we may not have the time. Do you think it would be possible to make this round trip in 6 days?
What is Chicago like at Christmas time....things to see and do sightseeing as well?
Thank you in advance for any and all help. I greatly appreciate it.
Stick to Chicago
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I don't think I would try to make New York on your timeframe. Its a 1300 mile trip, one way. With only 6 days, you'd have to turn around and come back home as soon as you got there.
DC alone might be feasable. At just over 1000 miles, you could make it pretty comfortably in 2 days. That only leaves you about 2 days to enjoy the sights, but its not impossible.
Chicago is a little better, at just over 900 miles. You're still looking at 2 pretty full days of driving, but on your timeframe, I'd say every mile would count. There is plenty to do in Chicago anytime, and the holidays are no different. The Mag Mile Lights Festival , and Winter Wonderfest and New Years Fireworks at Navy Pier, or ice skating in Millenium Park are just a couple of the holiday specific things you might enjoy in the Windy City.
Christmas in Chicago
Also, check out the Christmas windows, decorations both outside and inside, Walnut Room, and giant Christmas tree at Marshall Field's, excuse me, it's now Macy's. I was very happy to hear Macy's was keeping Field's Christmas traditions. Hopefully, the windows will be better this year as last year, because of the sale of Field's, they weren't much worth the effort to wade through all the people to see them.
Across the street, there has been a German Christmas village with lots of outside shops and hot wine that really hits the spot on a cold day. It is called Christkindlmarket.
We like to take the Metra trains in on a weekend, $5 roundtrip and good for both days. Then you get to see that magnificent Union Station and perhaps get a bite to eat at Chicago institution Lou Mitchell's, a real experience.