5 days in West Coast Itinerary

5 days in West Coast Itinerary

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5 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  7​h
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
train + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Chicago

1
night
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center and then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip builder tool .

Chicago to Los Angeles is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in December: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 69°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and subway; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in December: highs in San Francisco hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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