28 days in Chicago, California & Seattle Itinerary

28 days in Chicago, California & Seattle Itinerary

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Chicago
— 6 nights
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
3
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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San Simeon
— 1 night
5
Big Sur
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Crescent City
— 2 nights
8
Seattle
— 6 nights

6
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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Visit Chicago Riverwalk and Ernest Hemingway Birthplace for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Indiana Dunes State Park and Silver Beach County Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Whirlpool Compass Fountain (in Saint Joseph), Running Vines Winery (in Chesterton) and New Buffalo Public Beach (in New Buffalo). And it doesn't end there: explore the landscape on two wheels at Lakefront Trail, explore the activities along Chicago River, kick back and relax at Weko Beach Park, and admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Chicago vacation builder.

London, UK to Chicago is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Chicago is minus 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in July; daily highs in Chicago reach 33°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Saint Joseph, Chesterton, Weko Beach Park, Lake Michigan, Whihala Beach
Highlights from your plan
Indiana Dunes State Park ©
Indiana Dunes State Park
Silver Beach County Park ©
Silver Beach County Park
Richard H. Driehaus Museum ©
Richard H. Driehaus Museum

5
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Visiting Yosemite Falls and El Capitan will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lembert Dome.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park route maker site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Chicago to Yosemite National Park takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Chicago in July, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 16th (Fri), explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, then explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and then explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point and then get great views at Dante's View.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park day trip tool.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 45°C to lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon road trip planning site.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in July: high temperatures in San Simeon hover around 40°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the views from Bixby Bridge, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Big Sur trip planner.

Drive from San Simeon to Big Sur in 2 hours. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in Big Sur: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Get some cultural insight at Castello di Amorosa and Fisherman's Wharf. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena), Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs, get curious at Exploratorium, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read San Francisco online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Francisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

V. Sattui Winery, Muir Woods National Monument, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

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Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. On the 24th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Enderts Beach, then take a peaceful walk through Trees of Mystery, and then enjoy the sea views from Battery Point Lighthouse. On your second day here, immerse yourself in nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and then trek along Stout Grove.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Crescent City day trip tool.

Fly from San Francisco to Crescent City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, things will get a bit cooler in Crescent City: highs are around 19°C and lows about 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Trees of Mystery, Enderts Beach
Highlights from your plan
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery
Battery Point Lighthouse
Battery Point Lighthouse
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

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Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Chihuly Garden and Glass and The Museum of Flight. Get outdoors at Snoqualmie Falls and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Explore Seattle's surroundings by going to Tacoma (Point Defiance Park, Museum of Glass, &more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museum of Pop Culture, take a stroll through Pike Place Market, walk around Kerry Park, and appreciate the history behind Garden of Remembrance.

Discover how to plan a Seattle trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Crescent City to Seattle in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, Seattle is somewhat warmer than Crescent City - with highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tacoma, Snoqualmie Falls
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Pop Culture ©
Museum of Pop Culture
LeMay - America's Car Museum ©
LeMay - America's Car Museum
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

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