13 days in Chicago & Los Angeles Itinerary

13 days in Chicago & Los Angeles Itinerary

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13 days in Chicago & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Chicago
— 4 nights
Drive:  32​h
2
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at John Deere Historic Site and Studebaker National Museum. For shopping fun, head to Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets or Stateline Blueberries. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chicago: Basilica of the Sacred Heart (in South Bend), Grand Mere State Park (in Stevensville) and Silver Beach County Park (in Saint Joseph). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, have fun and explore at Discovery Center Museum, stop by American Girl Place, and admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Chicago trip itinerary builder website .

London, UK to Chicago is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Chicago due to the time zone difference. In July, Chicago is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trips

Michigan City, South Bend, John Deere Historic Site, Discovery Center Museum, Grand Mere State Park
Highlights from your plan
Silver Beach County Park ©
Silver Beach County Park
Basilica of the Sacred Heart ©
Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Studebaker National Museum ©
Studebaker National Museum

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.
For shopping fun, head to Bart's Books or Irvine Spectrum Center. Visit Carpinteria State Beach and Laguna Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve (in Murrieta), Ventura Harbor Village (in Ventura) and Wilson Creek Winery (in Temecula). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Mission San Juan Capistrano, identify plant and animal life at Ojai Meadows Preserve, steep yourself in history at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and look for gifts at The Original Farmers Market.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Los Angeles takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles is minus 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Ojai, The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological, Carpinteria State Beach, Wilson Creek Winery
Highlights from your plan
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano

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