7 days in Chicago & San Francisco Itinerary

7 days in Chicago & San Francisco Itinerary

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7 days in Chicago & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Visiting Lincoln Park Zoo and Milton Lee Olive Park will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Field Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Willis Tower - Skydeck Chicago, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shedd Aquarium, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Chicago travel guide.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Chicago. In June, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 62°F. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
The Field Museum ©
The Field Museum

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
The Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach for some beach relaxation. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Mill Valley to see Muir Woods National Monument about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Golden Gate Park, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and steep yourself in history at Alcatraz.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco travel guide.

You can fly from Chicago to San Francisco in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago to San Francisco, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in July, expect San Francisco to be a bit cooler, temps between 71°F and 56°F.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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