11 days in Illinois Itinerary

11 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois route planner

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Harrisburg
— 1 day
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Springfield
— 2 nights
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Utica
— 1 night
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Rockford
— 1 night
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Galena
— 1 night
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Chicago
— 5 nights
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Harrisburg

— 1 day
Harrisburg is a city in and the county seat of Saline County, Illinois, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in breathtaking views at Little Grand Canyon and then identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods.

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Paducah to Harrisburg is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. In June in Harrisburg, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Harrisburg

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House, ponder the world of politics at Old State Capitol, then make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, and finally stroll around Union Square Park. Keep things going the next day: let little ones run wild at Washington Park, examine the collection at Illinois State Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and finally snap pictures at Sugar Creek Covered Bridge.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Springfield trip planner.

Traveling by car from Harrisburg to Springfield takes 3.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Utica.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Utica

— 1 night
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): walk around Washington Square Park, then do a tasting at August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. Tasting Room, then hike along Starved Rock State Park, and finally admire the majestic nature at Matthiessen State Park.

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Traveling by car from Springfield to Utica takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Utica are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rockford.

Things to do in Utica

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Rockford

— 1 night
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): explore the engaging exhibits at Discovery Center Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at Burpee Museum of Natural History, and then admire the natural beauty at Anderson Japanese Gardens.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rockford route planning website.

Getting from Utica to Rockford by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and bus. June in Rockford sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Galena.

Things to do in Rockford

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Galena

— 1 night
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 25th (Thu), sample the fine beverages at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., contemplate the long history of Ulysses S. Grant Home, then have some family-friendly fun at Psychic Medium Chris McBrien, and finally hit the slopes at Chestnut Mountain Resort.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Galena road trip app.

Traveling by car from Rockford to Galena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. June in Galena sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Galena

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Chicago

— 5 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 Lakefront Trail and Maggie Daley Park. Bring the kids along to Lake Michigan and The Art Institute of Chicago. The adventure continues: laugh and play at Fox in a Box Chicago, get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum, get in on the family fun at Navy Pier, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lincoln Park Zoo.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago holiday planner.

Getting from Galena to Chicago by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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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.