9 days in Chicago, California & New York City Itinerary

9 days in Chicago, California & New York City Itinerary

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9 days in Chicago, California & New York City Itinerary

Ahmedabad
Fly:  20​h 45​min
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Carmel
— 2 nights
bus + Fly + bus:  11​h 45​min
New York City
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  19​h 15​min
Ahmedabad

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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 2nd (Wed): stop by Adagio Teas, then browse the different shops at Water Tower Place, and then take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip itinerary site .

Ahmedabad, India to Chicago is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 11 hours traveling from Ahmedabad to Chicago due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ahmedabad in May, things will get cooler in Chicago: highs are around 26°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Chicago

#Shopping, #Neighborhoods
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The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
Water Tower Place ©
Water Tower Place
Adagio Teas ©
Adagio Teas

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip maker website .

You can fly from Chicago to Santa Barbara in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In May in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

#Shopping
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San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 4th (Fri), look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, then stop by Red Moose Cookie Company, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read San Simeon trip planning website .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Santa Barbara in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Lucia Apothecary ©
Lucia Apothecary
Red Moose Cookie Company ©
Red Moose Cookie Company

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Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): stroll through Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Carmel tour itinerary builder app .

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Carmel, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Carmel

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
On the 8th (Tue), browse the eclectic array of goods at Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market, browse the eclectic array of goods at Chelsea Market, then take a stroll around 92nd Street Y Tisch Center for the Arts, and finally wander the streets of Fifth Avenue.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our New York City route planner .

Getting from Carmel to New York City by combination of bus and flight takes about 12 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Carmel to New York City, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. May in New York City sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

#Shopping, #Neighborhoods, #Nightlife
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Fifth Avenue ©
Fifth Avenue
Chelsea Market ©
Chelsea Market

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