4 days in Chicago & Tucson Itinerary

4 days in Chicago & Tucson Itinerary

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4 days in Chicago & Tucson Itinerary

Start: Chicago
1
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Tucson
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Chicago

1
night
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 21st (Sat), learn more about the world around you at Field Museum, then don't miss a visit to Millennium Park, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally appreciate the history behind Cloud Gate. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, and then take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Chicago trip itinerary planning website .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Chicago. December in Chicago sees daily highs of 38°F and lows of 26°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Tucson.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

2
nights
Tucson

Tucson ©
One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
On the 23rd (Mon), cruise along Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway, take in breathtaking views at Sabino Canyon, and then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Xavier del Bac. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and then view the masterpieces at Etherton Gallery.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tucson trip planner .

Getting from Chicago to Tucson by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Tucson due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Chicago in December: highs in Tucson hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tucson

Shopping Museums Nature
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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum ©
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Sabino Canyon ©
Sabino Canyon
Etherton Gallery ©
Etherton Gallery

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