32 days in Illinois, Texas & California Itinerary

32 days in Illinois, Texas & California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

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Chicago
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Austin
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San Antonio
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San Diego
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Los Angeles
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Yosemite National Park
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San Francisco
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Chicago

— 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, admire the landmark architecture of Reliance Building, admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum.

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Oslo, Norway to Chicago is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. When traveling from Oslo in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Chicago: temperatures range from 0°C by day to -9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Austin.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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Austin

— 4 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Austin is known for museums, fun & games, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Zilker Metropolitan Park, ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol, take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, and steep yourself in history at The Driskill.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Austin online trip planner.

You can fly from Chicago to Austin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago in January, expect Austin to be much hotter, temps between 20°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors

San Antonio

— 4 nights

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
San Antonio is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through The San Antonio River Walk, contemplate the long history of Mission San Jose, take in the history at Mission San Juan, and walk around Friedrich Wilderness Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Antonio trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Austin to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in San Antonio are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to fly to San Diego.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Theme Parks

San Diego

— 4 nights

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Change things up with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas (about 32 minutes away). There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary app.

You can fly from San Antonio to San Diego in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from San Antonio in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 5 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Downtown Disney District, &more) and Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica). Pack the 19th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, and engage your brain at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online trip builder.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 4 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.
categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. On the 24th (Mon), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, hike along Yosemite Valley Biking, stroll through Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and explore the striking landscape of Pioneer Yosemite History Center.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in January: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 7°C and lows are around -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

San Francisco

— 6 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Illinois travel guide

4.3
Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · History Museums · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.

California travel guide

4.1
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.