24 days in Illinois Itinerary

24 days in Illinois Itinerary

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24 days in Illinois Itinerary

New Delhi
Fly:  20​h
Rockford
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Ottawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Springfield
— 4 nights
Fly + subway:  3​h
Chicago
— 9 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
New Delhi

5
days
Rockford

Rockford
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Rockford side-trips: Jane Addams Recreation Trail (in Freeport), Apple River Fort (in Elizabeth) and Galena (Ulysses S. Grant Home & Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Anderson Japanese Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Three Oaks Recreation Area, admire the majestic nature at White Pines Forest State Park, and explore and take pictures at Rockford Speedway.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rockford travel route planner.

New Delhi, India to Rockford is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll gain 11 hours traveling from New Delhi to Rockford due to the time zone difference. In May, Rockford is cooler than New Delhi - with highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ottawa.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Galena, Rockford Speedway, White Pines Forest State Park, Lowden State Park, Apple River Canyon State Park
Highlights from your plan
Anderson Japanese Gardens
Anderson Japanese Gardens
Jane Addams Recreation Trail
Jane Addams Recreation Trail
Ulysses S. Grant Home ©
Ulysses S. Grant Home

3
days
Ottawa

Ottawa
Ottawa is a city located at the confluence of the navigable Illinois River and Fox River in LaSalle County, Illinois, USA. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ottawa: Farnsworth House (in Plano), Sandwich Fair Association (in Sandwich) and Standard Oil Gas Station (in Odell). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Starved Rock State Park, don't miss a visit to Ambler's Texaco Gas Station, Dwight, and appreciate the history behind Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Ottawa tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Rockford to Ottawa takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Ottawa

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Utica, Sandwich Fair Association, Standard Oil Gas Station, Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial, Ambler's Texaco Gas Station, Dwight
Highlights from your plan
Starved Rock State Park
Starved Rock State Park
Matthiessen State Park ©
Matthiessen State Park
Sandwich Fair Association ©
Sandwich Fair Association

4
days
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Springfield: Champaign Public Library (in Champaign), Allerton Park & Retreat Center (in Monticello) and Collinsville (Kruta Bakery & Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House, and make a trip to Rees Memorial Carillon.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Springfield road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ottawa to Springfield takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Collinsville, Lincoln Heritage Museum, Allerton Park & Retreat Center, Champaign Public Library
Highlights from your plan
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Lincoln Memorial Garden
Lincoln Memorial Garden

9
days
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Go for a jaunt from Chicago to Glencoe to see Chicago Botanic Garden about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lincoln Park Zoo, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, and take in the waterfront at Navy Pier.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicago online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Springfield to Chicago takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oak Park, Chicago Botanic Garden, Lake Michigan, Grosse Point Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago

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