10 days in Illinois Itinerary

10 days in Illinois Itinerary

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Chicago
— 2 nights
Drive
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Harrisburg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Springfield
— 2 nights
Drive
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Utica
— 1 night
Drive
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Galena
— 2 nights
Drive

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Chicago

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Explore hidden gems such as Lake Michigan and Chicago Botanic Garden. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Name Cathedral, explore the galleries of Chicago Cultural Center, take in the views from Michigan Avenue Bridge, and explore the activities along Chicago River.

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

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Chicago. In November, daytime highs in Chicago are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Harrisburg.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Harrisburg

Harrisburg is a city in and the county seat of Saline County, Illinois, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in breathtaking views at Little Grand Canyon, identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, and then take a peaceful walk through Shawnee National Forest. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Little Grassy Fish Hatchery and then immerse yourself in nature at Giant City State Park.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Harrisburg online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Chicago to Harrisburg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In November, daytime highs in Harrisburg are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Harrisburg

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

2
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Springfield

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get a sense of history and politics at Illinois State Capitol, then make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, then get engrossed in the history at Union Station - Lincoln from History to Hollywood, and finally pause for some photo ops at Lauterbach Giant. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House and then steep yourself in history at Old State Capitol.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Springfield tour app.

You can drive from Harrisburg to Springfield in 3.5 hours. In November in Springfield, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Utica.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums

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Utica

North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Starved Rock State Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Matthiessen State Park, then explore the activities along Allen Park, and finally stroll around Washington Square Park.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Utica day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Springfield to Utica takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi. Traveling from Springfield in November, you will find days in Utica are slightly colder (48°F), and nights are about the same (31°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Galena.

Things to do in Utica

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

2
nights
Galena

Galena is the largest city in and the county seat of Jo Daviess County, Illinois, with a population of 3,429 at the 2010 census. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then get engrossed in the history at Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum, and then look for gifts at Galena Cellars Winery & Vineyard. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., contemplate the long history of Ulysses S. Grant Home, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

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Traveling by car from Utica to Galena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Galena

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Wineries

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.