17 days in California & Chicago Itinerary

17 days in California & Chicago Itinerary

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17 days in California & Chicago Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  7​h
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Detroit

2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
San Diego is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego, and let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary site .

Detroit to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Detroit to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Detroit in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 68°F in San Diego. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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.
Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disneyland Park in Anaheim--about 30 minutes away. Pack the 10th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planning tool .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 85°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

4
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Spend the 14th (Sat) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yosemite Valley Chapel.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and admire all the interesting features of Golden Gate Park.

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Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Take a break from Chicago with a short trip to Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm in Homer Glen, about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, admire all the interesting features of Wrigley Field, and make a trip to Buckingham Fountain.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago travel app .

Getting from San Francisco to Chicago by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco to Chicago, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. September in Chicago sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm
Highlights from your plan
Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm ©
Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Wrigley Field ©
Wrigley Field

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