36 days in Illinois Itinerary

36 days in Illinois Itinerary

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36 days in Illinois Itinerary

Start: Podgorica
Fly:  16​h 45​min
Crystal Lake
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Chicago
— 10 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Harrisburg
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Springfield
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Utica
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Oregon
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Podgorica

5
nights
Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake ©
Crystal Lake is a city in McHenry County in the U.S. Escape the urban bustle at Three Oaks Recreation Area and Blackberry Farm. Venture out of the city with trips to Northwestern Medicine Field (in Geneva), Lake County Forest Preserves (in Libertyville) and Phillips Park Zoo (in Aurora). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Chain 'O Lakes State Park, relax in the rural setting at Elawa Farm, and kick back and relax at Illinois Beach State Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Crystal Lake trip planning tool .

Podgorica, Montenegro to Crystal Lake is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Podgorica to Crystal Lake, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In April in Crystal Lake, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Crystal Lake

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Aurora, Lake County Forest Preserves, Chain 'O Lakes State Park, Northwestern Medicine Field, Elawa Farm
Highlights from your plan
Three Oaks Recreation Area ©
Three Oaks Recreation Area
Elawa Farm ©
Elawa Farm
Blackberry Farm ©
Blackberry Farm

10
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Visit Oak Street Beach and North Avenue Beach for some beach relaxation. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Art Institute of Chicago and The Magnificent Mile. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chicago: Willow Crest Golf Club (in Oak Brook), River Trail Nature Center (in Northbrook) and Brookfield Zoo (in Brookfield). And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lincoln Park Zoo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Michigan, and get curious at Museum of Science and Industry.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Chicago road trip planning site .

Getting from Crystal Lake to Chicago by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April in Chicago, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Harrisburg.

Things to do in Chicago

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Oak Park, Brookfield Zoo, Lake Michigan, Willow Crest Golf Club, River Trail Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park

5
nights
Harrisburg

Harrisburg ©
Harrisburg is a city in and the county seat of Saline County, Illinois, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Garden of the Gods and Shawnee Hills. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rustle Hill Winery and StarView Vineyards. Explore Harrisburg's surroundings by going to Blue Sky Vineyard (in Makanda), Rent One Park (in Marion) and Iron Furnace (in Elizabethtown). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Cave-in-Rock State Park and look for all kinds of wild species at Shawnee National Forest.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Harrisburg trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Chicago to Harrisburg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Harrisburg

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Illinois, Cobden, Iron Furnace, Fort Massac State Park, Dixon Springs State Park
Highlights from your plan
Cave-in-Rock State Park ©
Cave-in-Rock State Park
Rent One Park ©
Rent One Park
Fort Massac State Park ©
Fort Massac State Park

6
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Get a sense of the local culture at Lincoln Home National Historic Site and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Get in touch with nature at Lincoln Memorial Garden and Weldon Springs State Park. Explore Springfield's surroundings by going to Bloomington (Miller Park Zoo & BEER NUTS). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House, make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, examine the collection at Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Old State Capitol.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Springfield trip planner .

Traveling by car from Harrisburg to Springfield takes 3.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Springfield are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Utica.

Things to do in Springfield

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Bloomington, Weldon Springs State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House

5
nights
Utica

Utica ©
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Visiting Starved Rock State Park and Matthiessen State Park will get you outdoors. Explore Utica's surroundings by going to Rock Island Trail (in Wyoming), Ambler's Texaco Gas Station, Dwight (in Dwight) and Standard Oil Gas Station (in Odell). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Buffalo Rock State Park, pause for some photo ops at The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial, enjoy some diversion at The Sandwich Fair, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Prairie State Park.

Plan my day in Utica using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Springfield to Utica in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Oregon.

Things to do in Utica

#Parks, #Nature, #Trails

Side Trips

Wildlife Prairie State Park, Livingston County War Museum, Rock Island Trail, The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial, Ambler's Texaco Gas Station, Dwight
Highlights from your plan
Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park
Buffalo Rock State Park ©
Buffalo Rock State Park
Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail ©

3
nights
Oregon

Oregon ©
Oregon is a city in and the county seat of Ogle County, Illinois, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Shabbona Lake State Park and Apple River Canyon State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park (in Lena) and Mississippi Palisades State Park (in Savanna). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Lowden State Park.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Oregon trip builder .

Drive from Utica to Oregon in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Oregon

#Nature, #Parks

Side Trips

White Pines Forest State Park, Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park, Apple River Canyon State Park, Mississippi Palisades State Park, Shabbona Lake State Park
Highlights from your plan
Shabbona Lake State Park ©
Shabbona Lake State Park
White Pines Forest State Park ©
White Pines Forest State Park
Lowden State Park ©
Lowden State Park

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