10 days in Illinois Itinerary

10 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois trip itinerary planner

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Springfield
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Utica
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Rock Island
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Galena
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Chicago
— 2 nights
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Litchfield
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Springfield

— 1 night

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Scovill Zoo as well as Lincoln Heritage Museum. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Scovill Zoo and then get engrossed in the history at Lincoln Heritage Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, get engrossed in the history at The Lincoln Home Visitor Center, admire the striking features of Elijah Iles House, then brush up on your military savvy at Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum, and finally make a trip to Rees Memorial Carillon.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Springfield trip builder.

Grand Rapids to Springfield is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Rapids to Springfield due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Grand Rapids in May since evenings lows in Springfield dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Utica.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Utica

— 1 night
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): examine the collection at Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum and then stop by Mix's Trading Post.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Utica trip planner.

You can drive from Springfield to Utica in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi. May in Utica sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Rock Island.

Things to do in Utica

Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Rock Island

— 1 night
Rock Island is a city in and the county seat of Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. On the 10th (Mon), stroll around Sunset Park, then try your luck at Jumer's Casino Rock Island, and then contemplate the long history of Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rock Island trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Utica to Rock Island in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Galena.

Things to do in Rock Island

Parks · Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Casinos

Side Trip

Galena

— 2 nights
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 11th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Thunder Bay Falls, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then sample the fine beverages at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., and finally do a tasting at Galena Cellars Winery & Vineyard. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Ulysses S. Grant Home, then take an in-depth tour of Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum, then hit the slopes at Chestnut Mountain Resort, and finally tee off at The General at Eagle Ridge.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Galena day trip website.

You can drive from Rock Island to Galena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Galena are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Galena

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Historic Sites

Chicago

— 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 13th (Thu), take in the architecture and design of University of Chicago, then bet on a winner at Arlington Park, and then stroll around Lilacia Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): look for gifts at Adagio Teas, then admire the landmark architecture of Tribune Tower, then see the interesting displays at American Writers Museum, and finally make a trip to Chagall's Four Seasons.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Chicago road trip planning tool.

Drive from Galena to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Chicago are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Litchfield.

Things to do in Chicago

Shopping · Parks · Fun & Games · Casinos

Side Trips

Litchfield

— 2 nights
Litchfield is a city in Montgomery County, Illinois, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center. On the 15th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at The 1820 Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House, then look for gifts at Mississippi Mud Pottery, then examine the collection at Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lou Yaeger.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Litchfield tour planner.

You can drive from Chicago to Litchfield in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. In May, daily temperatures in Litchfield can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Litchfield

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.