11 days in Chicago & Los Angeles Itinerary

11 days in Chicago & Los Angeles Itinerary

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11 days in Chicago & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: Columbia
Fly:  4​h
1
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Columbia

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum, try your luck at Horseshoe Hammond, and admire the striking features of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Chicago trip planner .

Columbia to Chicago is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Columbia to Chicago due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Columbia in December, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Chicago: temperatures range from 38°F by day to 26°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Horseshoe Hammond
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

6
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.
Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, & more). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park, and listen to music at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles route builder .

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Los Angeles takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Traveling from Chicago in December, expect Los Angeles to be much warmer, temps between 69°F and 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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