11 days in Illinois Itinerary

11 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly
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Galena
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Utica
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Harrisburg
— 1 night
Drive
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Springfield
— 2 nights
Fly

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Chicago

— 3 nights

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 Buckingham Fountain. The Art Institute of Chicago and Field Museum will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, stop by Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, stroll around Millennium Park, and view the masterpieces at Chicago Cultural Center.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip planner.

San Antonio to Chicago is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In July, Chicago is little chillier than San Antonio - with highs of 83°F and lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Galena.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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 31st (Sun): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., steep yourself in history at Ulysses S. Grant Home, and then go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour. Keep things going the next day: awaken your taste buds at Massbach Ridge Tasting Room, take an in-depth tour of Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum, and then learn about winemaking at Galena Cellars Winery.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Galena trip planning tool.

Getting from Chicago to Galena by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Galena when traveling from Chicago in July, with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Utica.

Things to do in Galena

Wineries · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Utica

— 2 nights
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Matthiessen State Park and then admire the majestic nature at Starved Rock State Park. On the next day, learn about all things military at Livingston County War Museum, see the interesting displays at IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum, and then learn about winemaking at August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. Tasting Room.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Utica trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Galena to Utica takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in Utica, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Harrisburg.

Things to do in Utica

Museums · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Harrisburg

— 1 night
Harrisburg is a city in and the county seat of Saline County, Illinois, United States. On the 4th (Thu), take in breathtaking views at Little Grand Canyon and then stroll through Garden of the Gods.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Harrisburg journey planner.

Traveling by car from Utica to Harrisburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Harrisburg

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

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Springfield

— 2 nights

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 5th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House and then steep yourself in history at Old State Capitol. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Memorial Garden, then get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and then make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Springfield road trip planner.

Drive from Harrisburg to Springfield in 3.5 hours. In August in Springfield, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Illinois travel guide

4.3
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.