19 days in Chicago, Arizona & California Itinerary

19 days in Chicago, Arizona & California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Anaheim
— 1 night
Drive
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San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Drive to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Chicago

— 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, stop by Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, stroll around Millennium Park, and get a taste of the local shopping with The Magnificent Mile.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Chicago is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bangkok to Chicago is minus 13 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Bangkok in October: high temperatures in Chicago hover around 21°C and lows are around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Grand Canyon National Park

— 4 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 15th (Fri), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Hopi Point, admire the striking features of Lookout Studio, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park day trip planning app.

Getting from Chicago to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 10 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Anaheim.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Anaheim

— 1 night

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 18th (Mon), make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Anaheim trip planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Anaheim by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Anaheim: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your trip

San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo and then stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, then see the interesting displays at San Diego Air & Space Museum, and then examine the collection at USS Midway Museum.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Anaheim to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Anaheim, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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.
On the 22nd (Fri), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along Mariposa Grove, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from San Diego to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. Traveling from San Diego in October, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (22°C), and nights are cooler (-2°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then visit Fisherman's Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): make a trip to Lombard Street, then steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are much hotter (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Hiking Trails · Lookouts
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.