14 days in Quebec & Chicago Itinerary

14 days in Quebec & Chicago Itinerary

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14 days in Quebec & Chicago Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Montreal, Canada
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Montebello, Canada
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Quebec City, Canada
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Chicago, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: San Francisco, United States

3
nights
Montreal, Canada

Montreal ©
Quebec's economic and cultural capital, Montreal serves as the province's major point of entry, known for its rich history and high standard of living.
Notre-Dame Basilica and Old Port of Montreal are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Cathedral of Marie-Reine-du-Monde and Place Jacques-Cartier will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Barbie Expo, hunt for treasures at Atwater Market, get engrossed in the history at Chateau Ramezay Historic Site and Museum of Montreal, and wander the streets of Rue Ste.-Catherine.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Montreal road trip planner .

San Francisco, USA to Montreal is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to Montreal due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from San Francisco in December, with highs in Montreal at 29°F and lows at 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Montebello.

Things to do in Montreal

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Notre-Dame Basilica ©
Notre-Dame Basilica
Old Port of Montreal ©
Old Port of Montreal
Barbie Expo ©
Barbie Expo

2
nights
Montebello, Canada

Montebello ©
Montebello is a municipality located in the Papineau Regional County Municipality of Western Quebec (Canada). Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Omega Park, see the interesting displays at Higginson Tower, then explore the world behind art at Centre Culturel Le Chenail Cultural Centre, and finally look for gifts at Les Tresors de Jacob. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Ancienne Prison de L'Orignal Old Jail, browse the exhibits of Arbor Gallery Cultural Centre, and then examine the collection at Glengarry Pioneer Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Montebello trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Montreal to Montebello in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Montebello are 27°F, while nighttime lows are 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Quebec City.

Things to do in Montebello

Museums Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Hawkesbury, Vankleek Hill, Glengarry Pioneer Museum
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Omega Park ©
Omega Park
Ancienne Prison de L'Orignal Old Jail ©

4
nights
Quebec City, Canada

Quebec City ©
With a World Heritage-listed old town, Quebec City remains a walkable and safe hub of culture, commerce, and education offering a blend of fascinating history and a range of tourist-oriented activities.
Explore hidden gems such as Lower Town (Basse-Ville) and Basilique Cathedrale - Notre-Dame-de-Quebec. Get some historical perspective at Old Quebec and Fortifications of Quebec National Historic Site. Go for a jaunt from Quebec City to Sainte Anne de Beaupre to see Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Plains of Abraham, browse the collection at Morrin Centre, examine the collection at Musee de la civilisation, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Place Royale.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Quebec City online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Montebello to Quebec City in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Quebec City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre
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Old Quebec ©
Old Quebec
Lower Town (Basse-Ville) ©
Lower Town (Basse-Ville)
Plains of Abraham ©
Plains of Abraham

4
nights
Chicago, United States

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Get some cultural insight at Milwaukee Art Museum and Chicago Cultural Center. Museum-lovers will appreciate Cantigny Park and Richard H. Driehaus Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Chicago side-trips: Baha'i House of Worship (in Wilmette), Albanese Candy Factory (in Merrillville) and Volo Auto Museum (in Volo). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, get in on the family fun at Fox in a Box Chicago, wander the streets of Lincoln Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes.

To find maps and more tourist information, read Chicago route maker site .

Fly from Quebec City to Chicago in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. December in Chicago sees daily highs of 38°F and lows of 26°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

South Bend, Milwaukee Art Museum, Baha'i House of Worship, Cantigny Park, Volo Auto Museum
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Milwaukee Art Museum ©
Milwaukee Art Museum
Cantigny Park ©
Cantigny Park
Baha'i House of Worship ©
Baha'i House of Worship

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