10 days in Illinois Itinerary

10 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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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
Fly

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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 a sense of the local culture at The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry. Get outdoors at Lake Michigan and Silver Beach County Park. Go for a jaunt from Chicago to Stevensville to see Grand Mere State Park about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile, pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate, take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and explore the activities along Chicago River.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Chicago road trip site.

Paris, France to Chicago is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Paris to Chicago due to the time zone difference. In February, Chicago is a bit cooler than Paris - with highs of 2°C and lows of -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can 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): steep yourself in history at Ulysses S. Grant Home and then browse the exhibits of National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. On your second day here, hit the slopes at Chestnut Mountain Resort, then do a tasting at Galena Cellars Winery & Vineyard, and then make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co..

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Apple River trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Chicago to Apple River by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Chicago in February, expect Apple River to be a bit cooler, temps between -1°C and -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ottawa.

Things to do in Apple River

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

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. On the 15th (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Matthiessen State Park and then immerse yourself in nature at Starved Rock State Park.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ottawa trip planner.

Drive from Apple River to Ottawa in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in February, and nighttime lows around -10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Ottawa

Parks · Nature · 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, then contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lincoln Memorial Garden. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Old State Capitol, take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, then don't miss a visit to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at White Oaks Mall.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Springfield trip itinerary planner.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

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.