22 days in Los Angeles, Chicago & Houston Itinerary

22 days in Los Angeles, Chicago & Houston Itinerary

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22 days in Los Angeles, Chicago & Houston Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Chicago
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Houston
— 7 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Auckland

7
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and Hammer Museum. You'll explore and learn at Griffith Observatory and Barnsdall Art Park. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Nicholas Canyon Beach in Malibu, about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, get outside with Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple, and admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles travel route planning site .

Auckland, New Zealand to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -20 hour difference. When traveling from Auckland in October, plan for much warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Nicholas Canyon Beach
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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

5
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Art Institute of Chicago and Chicago Cultural Center. Head to The Magnificent Mile and Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Centerfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chicago: Basilica of the Sacred Heart (in South Bend) and Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. (in DeKalb). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum, take a leisurely stroll along Navy Pier, walk around Millennium Park, and get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Chicago online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Chicago in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in October, with highs in Chicago at 21°C and lows at 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Houston.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Field Museum ©
Field Museum
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

7
nights
Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Appreciate the collections at Space Center Houston and Star of the Republic Museum. Visiting Blue Elbow Swamp and Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge will get you outdoors. Explore Houston's surroundings by going to Dickinson Historical Society Depot Museum (in Dickinson), Montgomery (Jenkins Sunshine Farm & Texas Wolfdog Project) and W. G. Jones State Forest (in Conroe). And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Copper Shade Tree Gallery, stop by Comforts, do a tasting at Whistling Duck Winery, and wander the streets of East End Historic District.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Houston tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Houston takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Chicago in October, expect Houston to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Galveston, Weimar, Montgomery, Round Top, Kleb Woods Nature Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
Whistling Duck Winery ©
Whistling Duck Winery
The Weimary ©
The Weimary

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