8 days in Chicago & San Francisco Itinerary

8 days in Chicago & San Francisco Itinerary

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8 days in Chicago & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Drive:  3​h 15​min
1
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Indianapolis

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, test your team's savvy at Team vs Time, make a trip to Millennium Park, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lincoln Park Zoo.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Chicago trip itinerary planner.

Indianapolis to Chicago is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Indianapolis to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°F in January, and nighttime lows around 18°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ragnarok Axe Throwing ©
Ragnarok Axe Throwing
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

4
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: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, shop like a local with Union Square, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary site .

Getting from Chicago to San Francisco by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in January, things will get much warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 59°F and lows about 46°F. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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