15 days in San Francisco, New York City & Chicago Itinerary

15 days in San Francisco, New York City & Chicago Itinerary

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15 days in San Francisco, New York City & Chicago Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  8​h 45​min
2
New York City
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at California State Railroad Museum and Alcatraz Island. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Walt Disney Family Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Charles M. Schulz Museum (in Santa Rosa) and Sacramento (Crocker Art Museum & Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament). There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, appreciate the extensive heritage of Twin Peaks, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and wander the streets of Chinatown.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco vacation builder site .

Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in San Francisco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Sacramento, Marin Headlands, Charles M. Schulz Museum, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
California State Railroad Museum ©
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

3
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt and The Met Cloisters. Explore hidden gems such as Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and New York Public Library. There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, examine the collection at Ground Zero Museum Workshop, appreciate the extensive heritage of Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the New York City day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to New York City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to New York City. In October, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Hyde Park, Brooklyn Heights Promenade
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4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chicago Riverwalk and The Field Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Beer Tastings & Tours and Chicago River. There's much more to do: grab your bike and head to Lakefront Trail, ponder the design of Crown Fountain, test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game Chicago, and admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Chicago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Chicago due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from New York City in October; daily highs in Chicago reach 21°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago Riverwalk ©
Chicago Riverwalk

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