11 days in Tucson & Chicago Itinerary

11 days in Tucson & Chicago Itinerary

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11 days in Tucson & Chicago Itinerary

Start: Tucson
1
Tucson
— 3 nights
Drive:  29​h
2
Chicago
— 5 nights
Drive:  29​h
End: Tucson

3
nights
Tucson

Tucson ©
One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun and The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tumacacori National Historical Park and Amerind Foundation Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Tucson side-trips: Casa Grande Ruins National Monument (in Coolidge), St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery (in Florence) and The Tombstone Epitaph (in Tombstone). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Xavier del Bac, see the interesting displays at Asarco Mineral Discovery Center, and take in the exciting artwork at Madaras Gallery.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Tucson journey planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Tucson. Expect a daytime high around 101°F in June, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Tucson

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

The Tombstone Epitaph, Asarco Mineral Discovery Center, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Amerind Foundation Museum, St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery
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DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Museum ©
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument ©

5
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Do your shopping at Lincoln Park and Chicago Cultural Center. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Baha'i House of Worship and Riverwalk Lot. Venture out of the city with trips to South Bend (Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes, Basilica of the Sacred Heart, & more), Wind Point Lighthouse (in Racine) and Cantigny Park (in Wheaton). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, make a trip to Buckingham Fountain, and examine the collection at Richard H. Driehaus Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Chicago trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Tucson to Chicago in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Tucson in June, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Chicago: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

South Bend, Baha'i House of Worship, Albanese Candy Factory, Riverwalk Lot, Cantigny Park
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Riverwalk Lot ©
Riverwalk Lot
Baha'i House of Worship ©
Baha'i House of Worship
Basilica of the Sacred Heart ©
Basilica of the Sacred Heart

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