15 days in Chicago & Columbia Itinerary

15 days in Chicago & Columbia Itinerary

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15 days in Chicago & Columbia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Chicago
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Columbia
— 10 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, don't miss a visit to Cloud Gate, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally don't miss a visit to Millennium Park.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Chicago holiday maker site .

San Francisco to Chicago is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Chicago is 2 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for colder days in Chicago, with highs around 38°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Columbia.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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

10
nights
Columbia

Columbia ©
Columbia is a city in the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Columbia: Stone Hill Winery (in Hermann), Saint Charles (St. Charles Historic District & Ameristar Casino St. Charles) and Ha Ha Tonka State Park (in Camdenton). There's lots more to do: sample the fine beverages at Pinckney Bend Distillery, look for all kinds of wild species at Sachs Butterfly House, make a trip to Columbia Art League, and get lost in a book at The National Churchill Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Columbia online day trip planner .

Drive from Chicago to Columbia in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. While traveling from Chicago, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Columbia, ranging from highs of 44°F to lows of 27°F. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Chicago.

Things to do in Columbia

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Hannibal, Saint Charles, Jefferson City, The National Churchill Museum, Warm Springs Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Pinckney Bend Distillery ©
Pinckney Bend Distillery
The National Churchill Museum
The National Churchill Museum
Ha Ha Tonka State Park ©
Ha Ha Tonka State Park

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip maker website .

Getting from Columbia to Chicago by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Columbia in December: highs in Chicago hover around 38°F, while lows dip to 26°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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