5 days in Chicago & Palm Springs Itinerary

5 days in Chicago & Palm Springs Itinerary

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5 days in Chicago & Palm Springs Itinerary

Start: Chicago
1
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Palm Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Chicago

1
night
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): admire the striking features of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from 360 Chicago Observation Deck. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shedd Aquarium, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, and then get your game on at Fox in a Box Chicago.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Chicago. In April, daytime highs in Chicago are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Palm Springs.

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

3
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Palm Springs Air Museum. Take a break from Palm Springs with a short trip to Galleta Meadows in Borrego Springs, about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Indian Canyons, take in nature's colorful creations at Sunnylands, make a trip to VillageFest, and admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Palm Springs trip planner.

Getting from Chicago to Palm Springs by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Chicago to Palm Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, Palm Springs is much hotter than Chicago - with highs of 89°F and lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Borrego Springs, Sunnylands
Highlights from your plan
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons

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