17 days in Chicago, Seattle & San Francisco Itinerary

17 days in Chicago, Seattle & San Francisco Itinerary

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Chicago
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Seattle
— 9 nights
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San Francisco
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Chicago

Chicago ©

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Do your shopping at Chicago Cultural Center and Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lakefront Trail and Aire Ancient Baths. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chicago: South Bend (Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes, &more) and Baha'i House of Worship (in Wilmette). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, laugh and play at Fox in a Box Chicago, admire the landmark architecture of Holy Name Cathedral, and admire the natural beauty at Garfield Park Conservatory.

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Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Chicago. In January, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 32°F, while at night they dip to 18°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Chicago

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sacred Heart ©
Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago

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Seattle

Seattle ©

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Visit Bruce Lee Grave Site and Lake View Cemetery for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Fairhaven Historic District and Snoqualmie Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Seattle: Triad River Tours (in Bellingham), Tacoma (Museum of Glass & LeMay - America's Car Museum) and Olympia (Hands On Children's Museum & Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, soothe aching muscles at ILovekickboxing, enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach, and pick up some local products at Pike Place Market.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Seattle road trip planner.

You can fly from Chicago to Seattle in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in January; daily highs in Seattle reach 48°F and lows reach 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
ILovekickboxing ©
ILovekickboxing
Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
LeMay - America's Car Museum ©
LeMay - America's Car Museum

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Marin Headlands will get you outdoors. Let the collections at Walt Disney Family Museum and California Academy of Sciences capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get a taste of the local shopping with City Lights Booksellers, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and explore the world behind art at Legion of Honor.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco online route planner.

You can fly from Seattle to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Seattle in January: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 59°F and lows are around 46°F.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Lands End ©
Lands End

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