10 days in Illinois Itinerary

10 days in Illinois Itinerary

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Springfield
— 1 night
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Galena
— 2 nights
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Chicago
— 3 nights
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Utica
— 1 night
5
Harrisburg
— 2 nights

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Springfield

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 19th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House, get a sense of history and politics at Old State Capitol, then make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, and finally take in the views from Sugar Creek Covered Bridge. Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of 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 find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Springfield visit site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Springfield. In September in Springfield, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Galena.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
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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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. On the 21st (Sat), admire the sheer force of Thunder Bay Falls, sample the fine beverages at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., then steep yourself in history at Ulysses S. Grant Home, and finally do a tasting 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 fly down the slopes at Chestnut Mountain Resort.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Galena trip builder app.

You can drive from Springfield to Galena in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, ferry, and car; or fly. When traveling from Springfield in September, plan for slightly colder days in Galena, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Galena

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ulysses S. Grant Home ©
Ulysses S. Grant Home
Chestnut Mountain Resort ©
Chestnut Mountain Resort
Thunder Bay Falls ©
Thunder Bay Falls

3
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Chicago

Chicago ©

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Take a break from the city and head to Lakefront Trail and Lake Michigan. Chicago Riverwalk and Cantigny Park will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Chicago to Naperville to see Riverwalk Lot about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Name Cathedral, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, examine the collection at Swedish American Museum, and admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Chicago online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Galena to Chicago takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Galena in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 61°F in Chicago. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Utica.

Things to do in Chicago

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Chicago Riverwalk ©
Chicago Riverwalk
Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail
Riverwalk Lot ©
Riverwalk Lot

1
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Utica

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

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Utica holiday maker tool.

You can drive from Chicago to Utica in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Utica when traveling from Chicago in September, with lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Harrisburg.

Things to do in Utica

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Matthiessen State Park ©
Matthiessen State Park
Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park
Allen Park ©
Allen Park

2
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Harrisburg

Harrisburg ©
Harrisburg is a city in and the county seat of Saline County, Illinois, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in breathtaking views at Little Grand Canyon, then identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Shawnee National Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Little Grassy Fish Hatchery and then admire the majestic nature at Giant City State Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Harrisburg holiday tool.

Drive from Utica to Harrisburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Harrisburg can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Harrisburg

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Giant City State Park ©
Giant City State Park
Little Grassy Fish Hatchery ©
Little Grassy Fish Hatchery

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