10 days in Illinois Itinerary

10 days in Illinois Itinerary

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10 days in Illinois Itinerary

Start: Springfield
1
Springfield
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Galena
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Chicago
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Utica
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Harrisburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
End: Springfield

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night
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House, then steep yourself in history at Old State Capitol, then make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, and finally take in the views from Sugar Creek Covered Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Illinois State Capitol, contemplate the long history of Lincolns New Salem State Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Adams Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Springfield trip itinerary maker .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Springfield. September in Springfield sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Galena.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Lincolns New Salem State Park, Sugar Creek Covered Bridge
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Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Lincolns New Salem State Park ©
Lincolns New Salem State Park
Old State Capitol ©
Old State Capitol

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nights
Galena

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. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Thunderbay Falls, sample the fine beverages at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., then contemplate the long history of Ulysses S. Grant Home, and finally savor the flavors at Galena Cellars Winery & Vineyard. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum and then stroll through Chestnut Mountain Resort.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Galena vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Springfield to Galena by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. While traveling from Springfield, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Galena, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Galena

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Ulysses S. Grant Home ©
Ulysses S. Grant Home
Chestnut Mountain Resort ©
Chestnut Mountain Resort
Thunderbay Falls ©
Thunderbay Falls

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Escape the urban bustle at Lakefront Trail and Lake Michigan. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chicago Riverwalk and Beer Tastings & Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Riverwalk Lot (in Naperville) and Cantigny Park (in Wheaton). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Name Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Swedish American Museum, and make a trip to Buckingham Fountain.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Galena to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Galena in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Chicago, with lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Utica.

Things to do in Chicago

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lake Michigan, Riverwalk Lot, Cantigny Park
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Chicago Riverwalk ©
Chicago Riverwalk
Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail
Riverwalk Lot ©
Riverwalk Lot

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night
Utica

Utica ©
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stroll around Allen Park, immerse yourself in nature at Matthiessen State Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Starved Rock State Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Utica trip website .

Getting from Chicago to Utica by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Chicago in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Utica, with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Harrisburg.

Things to do in Utica

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Allen Park
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Matthiessen State Park ©
Matthiessen State Park
Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park
Allen Park ©
Allen Park

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nights
Harrisburg

Harrisburg ©
Harrisburg is a city in and the county seat of Saline County, Illinois, United States. On the 27th (Fri), appreciate the views at Little Grand Canyon, then identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, and then take a peaceful walk through Shawnee National Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Little Grassy Fish Hatchery and then admire the majestic nature at Giant City State Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Harrisburg trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Utica to Harrisburg in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In September in Harrisburg, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Harrisburg

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Makanda, Shawnee National Forest, Little Grand Canyon
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Giant City State Park ©
Giant City State Park
Shawnee National Forest ©
Shawnee National Forest

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