8 days in Chicago & California Itinerary

8 days in Chicago & California Itinerary

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8 days in Chicago & California Itinerary

Start: Chicago
1
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Chicago

1
night
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 20th (Mon), engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum, meet the residents at Lincoln Park Zoo, and then walk around Millennium Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Chicago trip planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Chicago. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in April, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument and then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Chicago to San Diego takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to San Diego is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in April; daily highs in San Diego reach 71°F and lows reach 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 24th (Fri), get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory. On your second day here, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood and then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Lombard Street and then stroll around Golden Gate Park.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco attractions planning tool .

Fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in April: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 67°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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