15 days in Chicago & Los Angeles Itinerary

15 days in Chicago & Los Angeles Itinerary

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15 days in Chicago & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Chicago
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Dublin

5
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Art Institute of Chicago and The Field Museum. For shopping fun, head to The Magnificent Mile or The Olive Cart. Explore Chicago's surroundings by going to St. Julian Winery-Union Pier (in Union Pier), Utica (August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. Tasting Room & Starved Rock State Park) and Grand Mere State Park (in Stevensville). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Silver Beach County Park, get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area, and make a trip to Buckingham Fountain.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago day trip planner .

Dublin, Ireland to Chicago is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Dublin to Chicago, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in August: high temperatures in Chicago hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Saint Joseph, Utica, University of Notre Dame, Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area, Grand Mere State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Silver Beach County Park ©
Silver Beach County Park
Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park

7
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Oceanside Pier. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica), Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve (in Carpinteria) and Camarillo (Friends of the Camarillo Library Bookstore & Camarillo Premium Outlets). Pack the 17th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: get your bearings at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, see the interesting displays at Mission San Juan Capistrano, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and get a taste of the local shopping with Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip 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. In August in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Camarillo, Santa Monica, Old Town Temecula, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano

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