13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chicago
1
Chicago
— 1 night
train:  6​h
2
Carbondale
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Saint Louis
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carbondale
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Chicago

1
night
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 12th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, make a trip to Cloud Gate, and then get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Chicago trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Chicago. In December, daytime highs in Chicago are 38°F, while nighttime lows are 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Carbondale.

Things to do in Chicago

#Museums, #Childrens Museums, #Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park

3
nights
Carbondale

Carbondale ©
Carbondale is a city in Jackson County, Illinois, United States, within the Southern Illinois region informally known as "Little Egypt." The city developed from 1853 because of the stimulation of railroad construction into the area. On the 14th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Boo Rochman Memorial Park, then make a trip to Bald Knob Cross of Peace, and then try to win big at Isle Casino Cape Girardeau. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Blue Sky Vineyard and then immerse yourself in nature at Giant City State Park.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Carbondale online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Chicago to Carbondale takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Chicago in December, expect nights in Carbondale to be about the same, around 29°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Carbondale

#Parks, #Nature, #Fun & Games

Side Trips

Makanda, Isle Casino Cape Girardeau, Bald Knob Cross of Peace
Highlights from your plan
Giant City State Park ©
Giant City State Park
Boo Rochman Memorial Park ©
Boo Rochman Memorial Park
Bald Knob Cross of Peace ©
Bald Knob Cross of Peace

1
day
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
On the 16th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Forest Park, examine the collection at City Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

Plan a Saint Louis trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Drive from Carbondale to Saint Louis in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Saint Louis can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Carbondale.

Things to do in Saint Louis

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Forest Park ©
Forest Park
City Museum ©
City Museum

1
night
Carbondale

Carbondale
To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Carbondale online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Saint Louis to Carbondale takes 2.5 hours. You'll set off for Chicago on the 17th (Mon).

Things to do in Carbondale

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

2
nights
Chicago

Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Tribune Tower, get to know the fascinating history of Chicago Riverwalk, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Adler Planetarium and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Chicago travel route planner .

Drive from Carbondale to Chicago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. While traveling from Carbondale, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Chicago, ranging from highs of 38°F to lows of 26°F. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Chicago

#Tours, #Trails, #Parks
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Tribune Tower ©
Tribune Tower
Chicago Riverwalk ©
Chicago Riverwalk

3
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.
On the 20th (Thu), make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Los Angeles takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in December, with highs in Los Angeles at 69°F and lows at 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Theme Parks, #Museums, #Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take a memorable ride with Cable Cars, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island and then take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and subway; or drive. When traveling from Los Angeles in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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