12 days in Illinois Itinerary

12 days in Illinois Itinerary

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12 days in Illinois Itinerary

Start: Bucharest
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Chicago
— 4 nights
Train:  45​min
2
Naperville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Springfield
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Bucharest

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Michigan and Oriental Institute Museum. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Museum of Science and Industry and Rosewood Beach. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lincoln Park Zoo, and admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Chicago road trip app .

Bucharest, Romania to Chicago is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Bucharest to Chicago, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bucharest in August, you will find days in Chicago are slightly colder (33°C), and nights are a bit warmer (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can take a train to Naperville.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Rosewood Beach, Lake Michigan
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Lake Michigan ©
Lake Michigan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

2
nights
Naperville

Naperville ©
Naperville is a city in DuPage and Will counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): kick back and relax at Centennial Beach, then learn about all things military at Cantigny Park, and then learn about all things military at First Division Museum at Cantigny. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cool off at Phillips Park Family Aquatic Center.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Naperville trip app .

Traveling by train from Chicago to Naperville takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Naperville

Theme Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Wheaton, Phillips Park Family Aquatic Center
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Cantigny Park ©
Cantigny Park
First Division Museum at Cantigny ©
First Division Museum at Cantigny
Centennial Beach ©
Centennial Beach

3
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
You'll explore and learn at Illinois State Museum and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dana-Thomas House and Lincoln Home National Historic Site. Step out of Springfield to go to Petersburg and see Lincolns New Salem State Park, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: ponder the world of politics at Old State Capitol, admire the landmark architecture of Elijah Iles House, don't miss a visit to Shea's Gas Station, and make a splash at Knight's Action Park & Caribbean Water Adventure.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Springfield road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Naperville to Springfield takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Springfield are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Lincolns New Salem State Park
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Illinois State Museum ©
Illinois State Museum
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Lincolns New Salem State Park ©
Lincolns New Salem State Park