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25 days in Chicago, Charlotte & Los Angeles Itinerary
Chicago— 7 nights
Fly: 3h 45min
Charlotte— 7 nights
Los Angeles— 7 nights
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.Kids will appreciate attractions like Silver Beach County Park and Museum of Science and Industry. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Starved Rock State Park and Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chicago: Cowles Bog (in Chesterton), Grand Mere State Park (in Stevensville) and August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. Tasting Room (in Utica). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, don't miss a visit to Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, and do a tasting at St. Julian Winery-Union Pier.
For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago holiday planner .
Adelaide, Australia to Chicago is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from Adelaide to Chicago, you'll gain 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Adelaide in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Chicago: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Charlotte.
Things to do in Chicago
Utica, St. Julian Winery & Distillery, Silver Beach County Park, Stateline Blueberries, Grand Mere State Park
The Queen City
A rapidly growing city in central North Carolina, Charlotte is the state's largest urban center and a major regional hub for finance, industry, technology, and entertainment.You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Carolina Raptor Center and Tiger World. Step out of the city life by going to Kings Mountain National Military Park and Cowpens National Battlefield. Change things up with these side-trips from Charlotte: Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery, LLC (in Ronda), Shiloh General Store (in Hamptonville) and Hickory Furniture Mart (in Hickory). There's much more to do: stop by Puckerbutt, find something for the whole family at Carowinds, revel in the low prices at Gaffney Outlet Marketplace, and get a taste of the local shopping with SouthPark.
For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Charlotte sightseeing planner.
You can fly from Chicago to Charlotte in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Chicago in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Charlotte: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.
Things to do in Charlotte
Lexington, Cowpens National Battlefield, Kings Mountain National Military Park, Reed Gold Mine, Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery
City of Angels
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.The Getty Center and Hollywood Walk of Fame are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Camarillo Premium Outlets and Hollywood & Highlandfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Carpinteria (Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve & Carpinteria State Beach), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Oceanside) and Mission San Juan Capistrano (in San Juan Capistrano). Have a day of magic on the 21st (Mon) at Disneyland Park. Pack the 25th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, discover the magic at Disney California Adventure Park, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and stop by Fox Fine Jewelry.
To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles vacation planner.
Fly from Charlotte to Los Angeles in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Charlotte to Los Angeles is minus 3 hours. In June, Los Angeles is slightly colder than Charlotte - with highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Things to do in Los Angeles
Anaheim, Carpinteria, Fox Fine Jewelry, Santa Monica Pier, Mission San Juan Capistrano
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