28 days in Chicago, California & Seattle Itinerary

28 days in Chicago, California & Seattle Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Chicago
— 6 nights
Fly to Reno, Bus to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly
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Crescent City
— 2 nights
Fly
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Seattle
— 6 nights
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Chicago

— 6 nights

Windy City

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 Whihala Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Saint Joseph (Whirlpool Compass Fountain & Silver Beach County Park), Running Vines Winery (in Chesterton) and New Buffalo Public Beach (in New Buffalo). The adventure continues: grab your bike and head to Lakefront Trail, admire the striking features of 360 Chicago Observation Deck, ponder the design of Crown Fountain, and explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Chicago tour builder.

London, UK to Chicago is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from London to Chicago, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, Chicago is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 33°C and lows of 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 · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 5 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Tioga Pass. Visiting Yosemite, Tunnel View and Vernal Fall will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, hike along Panorama Trail, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park journey site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Chicago to Yosemite National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to Yosemite National Park. Plan for cooler nights when traveling from Chicago in July since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

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 drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 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

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

San Simeon

— 1 night
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.
On the 18th (Sun), look for gifts at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle.

Plan my day in San Simeon using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In July, San Simeon is slightly colder than Death Valley National Park - with highs of 40°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Shopping

Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

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 · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa. Get some cultural insight at Golden Gate Bridge and Musee Mecanique. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). There's still lots to do: get curious at Exploratorium, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and take a stroll through Chinatown.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Francisco takes 2.5 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Crescent City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Crescent City

— 2 nights
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 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 catch the flight to Seattle.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Seattle

— 6 nights

Emerald City

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 Museum of Glass. Get outdoors at Snoqualmie Falls and Alki Beach. Explore Seattle's surroundings by going to Tacoma (Point Defiance Park & LeMay - America's Car Museum). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, take a stroll through Pike Place Market, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and don't miss a visit to Space Needle.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Seattle day trip site.

Fly from Crescent City to Seattle in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Crescent City in July; daily highs in Seattle reach 30°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.