31 days in Chicago & Gettysburg Itinerary

31 days in Chicago & Gettysburg Itinerary

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31 days in Chicago & Gettysburg Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Chicago
— 20 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h
2
Gettysburg
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h
3
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Copenhagen

20
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Historic Auto Museum and Discovery Center Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grand Mere State Park and Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area. Explore Chicago's surroundings by going to Saint Joseph (Silver Beach County Park, Box Factory for the Arts, & more), Riverwalk Lot (in Naperville) and Utica (Starved Rock State Park & LaSalle County Historical Society & Museum). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 20th (Sun) at Six Flags Great America. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, identify plant and animal life at Volo Bog State Natural Area, take an in-depth tour of La Porte County Historical Society Museum, and gain insight at Studebaker National Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Chicago day trip planning website .

Stockholm, Sweden to Chicago is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Stockholm in May; daily highs in Chicago reach 25°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

South Bend, Saint Joseph, Rockford, La Porte, Utica
Highlights from your plan
Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park
Silver Beach County Park ©
Silver Beach County Park
Basilica of the Sacred Heart ©
Basilica of the Sacred Heart

6
nights
Gettysburg

Gettysburg ©
Located near the memorial park marking the site of one of the largest Civil War battles, the town of Gettysburg sits in a landscape of rolling green hills with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.
Get some historical perspective at Ephrata Cloister and David Wills House. Appreciate the collections at National Watch and Clock Museum and Gettysburg Heritage Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gettysburg: Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area (in Kleinfeltersville), Cullari Vineyards and Winery (in Hershey) and Bloomery Plantation Distillery (in Charles Town). Spend the 26th (Sat) exploring nature at Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. There's much more to do: stroll through Appalachian National Scenic Trail, sample the fine beverages at Catoctin Creek Distillery, immerse yourself in nature at Caledonia State Park, and trek along Catoctin Mountain Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Gettysburg tour builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Chicago to Gettysburg in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Gettysburg due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, Cullari Vineyards and Winery, Ephrata Cloister, Catoctin Creek Distillery, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Gettysburg Heritage Center ©
Gettysburg Heritage Center
Ephrata Cloister ©
Ephrata Cloister
David Wills House ©
David Wills House

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Richard H. Driehaus Museum and then admire the majestic nature at Indiana Dunes State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Independence Grove Forest Preserve and then brush up on your military savvy at Cantigny Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Chicago driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Gettysburg to Chicago in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gettysburg to Chicago due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cantigny Park, Independence Grove Forest Preserve, Gaylord Building Historic Site, Indiana Dunes State Park
Highlights from your plan
Richard H. Driehaus Museum ©
Richard H. Driehaus Museum
Cantigny Park ©
Cantigny Park
Indiana Dunes State Park ©
Indiana Dunes State Park

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