17 days in Chicago, Yosemite National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

17 days in Chicago, Yosemite National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

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17 days in Chicago, Yosemite National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  12​h
1
Chicago
— 7 nights
Fly + Drive:  9​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

7
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Starved Rock State Park and 360 Chicago Observation Deck. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chicago: Weber House and Garden (in Streator), Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm (in Homer Glen) and Edwards Apple Orchard (in Poplar Grove). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, explore and take pictures at Notre Dame Stadium, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, and have some family-friendly fun at Bad Axe Throwing.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Chicago travel planner .

London, UK to Chicago is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Chicago is minus 6 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Notre Dame Stadium, Weber House and Garden, Starved Rock State Park, The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial, Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve
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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): trek along Lembert Dome, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, then take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, and then hike along Four Mile Trail.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park sightseeing app .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Chicago to Yosemite National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for cooler nights when traveling from Chicago in October since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tunnel View ©
Tunnel View
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Explore hidden gems such as Castello di Amorosa and San Francisco Bay. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Mill Valley to see Muir Woods National Monument about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

Before you visit San Francisco, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are warmer (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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