10 days in Illinois Itinerary

10 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Chicago
— 4 nights
Drive
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Apple River
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ottawa
— 1 night
Drive
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Springfield
— 1 night
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Chicago

— 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Get in touch with nature at Lake Michigan and Grand Mere State Park. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry. Step out of Chicago with an excursion to Silver Beach County Park in Saint Joseph--about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, contemplate the waterfront views at Chicago River, walk around Millennium Park, and enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Chicago online trip planner.

Paris, France to Chicago is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from Paris to Chicago, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Paris in February; daily highs in Chicago reach 2°C and lows reach -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Apple River.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Apple River

— 2 nights
Apple River is a village in Jo Daviess County, Illinois, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Ulysses S. Grant Home and then observe the fascinating underwater world at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Chestnut Mountain Resort, do a tasting at Galena Cellars Winery & Vineyard, and then make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co..

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Apple River travel planning app.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Apple River takes 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Chicago in February; daily highs in Apple River reach -1°C and lows reach -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ottawa.

Things to do in Apple River

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trips

Ottawa

— 1 night
Ottawa is a city located at the confluence of the navigable Illinois River and Fox River in LaSalle County, Illinois, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Matthiessen State Park and then admire the majestic nature at Starved Rock State Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ottawa trip maker.

Traveling by car from Apple River to Ottawa takes 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Ottawa can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Ottawa

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Springfield

— 1 night

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
On the 16th (Tue), explore the galleries of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lincoln Memorial Garden. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the world of politics at Old State Capitol, then get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, then make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at White Oaks Mall.

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Traveling by car from Ottawa to Springfield takes 2.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ottawa in February: highs in Springfield hover around 5°C, while lows dip to -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Wildlife

Illinois travel guide

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Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.