29 days in San Francisco & Chicago and Beyond Itinerary

29 days in San Francisco & Chicago and Beyond Itinerary

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29 days in San Francisco & Chicago and Beyond Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 12 nights
Fly:  8​h
2
Rockford
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Utica
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Chicago
— 8 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Manchester

12
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Venture out of the city with trips to Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napa). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Park, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planning tool .

Manchester, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of train, flight, and subway. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rockford.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Tours

Side Trips

Wine Tours & Tastings, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
Rockford

Rockford ©
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rockford: Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. (in DeKalb), Freeport (Krape City Park, Jane Addams Recreation Trail, & more) and Dixon (Veterans' Memorial Arch, Dixon's Railroad Street Arches, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Anderson Japanese Gardens, trek along Stone Bridge Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Three Oaks Recreation Area, and explore the engaging exhibits at Discovery Center Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rockford tour site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from San Francisco to Rockford. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Rockford is 2 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Rockford, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Utica.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Freeport, Dixon, Three Oaks Recreation Area, Stone Bridge Trail, Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.
Highlights from your plan
Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. ©
Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.
Anderson Japanese Gardens ©
Anderson Japanese Gardens
Krape City Park ©
Krape City Park

3
nights
Utica

Utica ©
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Venture out of the city with trips to Silver Springs State Park (in Yorkville) and Farnsworth House (in Plano). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Starved Rock State Park, immerse yourself in nature at Matthiessen State Park, learn about winemaking at August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. Tasting Room, and examine the collection at Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Utica trip planner .

Drive from Rockford to Utica in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Utica can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Utica

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Ottawa, Silver Springs State Park, Farnsworth House
Highlights from your plan
Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park
Matthiessen State Park ©
Matthiessen State Park
Silver Springs State Park ©
Silver Springs State Park

8
nights
Chicago

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium.

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Getting from Utica to Chicago by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In June, daytime highs in Chicago are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Oak Park
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Wrigley Field ©
Wrigley Field

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