27 days in Chicago & San Francisco Itinerary

27 days in Chicago & San Francisco Itinerary

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27 days in Chicago & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Chicago
— 10 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 15 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Zurich

10
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Silver Beach County Park and Chicago Botanic Garden. Explore Chicago's surroundings by going to St. Julian Winery-Union Pier (in Union Pier), Anderson Japanese Gardens (in Rockford) and Whirlpool Compass Fountain (in Saint Joseph). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Indiana Dunes State Park, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, admire the local landmark of Crown Fountain, and take in the architecture and design of University of Notre Dame.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Chicago online trip itinerary builder .

Zurich, Switzerland to Chicago is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Zurich to Chicago, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Chicago when traveling from Zurich in July, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

South Bend, Saint Joseph, Lake Michigan, Indiana Dunes State Park, Chicago Botanic Garden
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The Escape Game Chicago ©
The Escape Game Chicago
Anderson Japanese Gardens ©
Anderson Japanese Gardens
Indiana Dunes State Park ©
Indiana Dunes State Park

15
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Beer Tastings & Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing), VJB Cellars (in Kenwood) and Safari West (in Santa Rosa). Spend the 27th (Sat) exploring nature at Presidio of San Francisco. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, explore and take pictures at Oracle Park, admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lands End.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Chicago to San Francisco takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Chicago to San Francisco, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in July, things will get slightly colder in San Francisco: highs are around 26°C and lows about 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Sacramento, Mill Valley, VJB Cellars, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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