7 days in Chicago & San Francisco Itinerary

7 days in Chicago & San Francisco Itinerary

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Route & dates

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, engage your brain at Field Museum, and then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, then meet the residents at Lincoln Park Zoo, then stroll through Millennium Park, and finally pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Chicago trip website.

New York City to Chicago is an approximately 5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Chicago due to the time zone difference. June in Chicago sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Chicago

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

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park will get you outdoors. Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Baker Beach, don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, and stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to San Francisco takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to San Francisco. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Chicago in July: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 73°F and lows are around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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