24 days in Chicago & Santa Monica Itinerary

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Chicago — 15 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple and Pleasant Home. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chicago: Shrine of the Christ's Passion (in Saint John), South Bend (Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes, Basilica of the Sacred Heart, &more) and Baha'i House of Worship (in Wilmette). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, contemplate the long history of Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, make a trip to Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lincoln Park Zoo.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Chicago day trip planning website.

Frankfurt, Germany to Chicago is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Frankfurt to Chicago. In May, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to fly to Santa Monica.
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Santa Monica — 7 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Appreciate the collections at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and William S. Hart Museum & Ranch. Santa Monica Pier and Virginia Robinson Gardens are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Santa Monica's surroundings by going to Rancho Camulos Museum (in Piru), Simi Dog Park (in Simi Valley) and SeaCoast Redondo Church (in Redondo Beach). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Wayfarers Chapel, take a stroll through Golden Triangle, examine the collection at The Point Vicente Interpretive Center, and admire the masterpieces at Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Chicago to Santa Monica in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and tram. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to Santa Monica. When traveling from Chicago in June, plan for slightly colder days in Santa Monica, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
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