12 days in Illinois & Louisville Itinerary

12 days in Illinois & Louisville Itinerary

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12 days in Illinois & Louisville Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Chicago
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Crystal Lake
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Thomson
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Springfield
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Harrisburg
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Louisville
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: New York City

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Visiting Swallow Cliff Stairs and Little Red Schoolhouse will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Millennium Park and Ernest Hemingway Birthplace. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, don't miss a visit to Cloud Gate, admire the landmark architecture of 360 Chicago Observation Deck, and take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Chicago trip builder tool .

New York City to Chicago is an approximately 5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Chicago. August in Chicago sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Crystal Lake.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Little Red Schoolhouse, Swallow Cliff Stairs, Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace ©
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park

1
night
Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake ©
Crystal Lake is a city in McHenry County in the U.S. On the 11th (Sun), explore and take pictures at Stade's Farm and Market, look for all kinds of wild species at Volo Bog State Natural Area, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Deer Grove Forest Preserve.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Crystal Lake trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Chicago to Crystal Lake in 1.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Chicago in August since evenings lows in Crystal Lake dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Thomson.

Things to do in Crystal Lake

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Volo Bog State Natural Area, Stade's Farm and Market, Deer Grove Forest Preserve
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Volo Bog State Natural Area ©
Volo Bog State Natural Area
Deer Grove Forest Preserve ©
Deer Grove Forest Preserve
Stade's Farm and Market ©
Stade's Farm and Market

1
night
Thomson

Thomson ©
Thomson is a village along Illinois Route 84 near the Mississippi River in Carroll County, Illinois, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Albany Mounds State Historic Site, then steep yourself in history at Heritage Canyon, then see human ingenuity at work at Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area, and finally identify plant and animal life at Thomson Causeway Recreation Area.

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You can drive from Crystal Lake to Thomson in 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Thomson can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Thomson

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fulton, Albany Mounds State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Thomson Causeway Recreation Area ©
Thomson Causeway Recreation Area
Heritage Canyon ©
Heritage Canyon
Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area ©
Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area

1
night
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
On the 13th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House, look for all kinds of wild species at Lincoln Memorial Garden, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, and finally make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Springfield trip planner .

Drive from Thomson to Springfield in 3.5 hours. August in Springfield sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Harrisburg.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Memorial Garden ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©

1
night
Harrisburg

Harrisburg ©
Harrisburg is a city in and the county seat of Saline County, Illinois, United States. On the 14th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Burden Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, and then admire the sheer force of Little Grand Canyon.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Harrisburg itinerary tool .

You can drive from Springfield to Harrisburg in 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Louisville.

Things to do in Harrisburg

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Burden Falls, Little Grand Canyon
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

4
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and The Parklands of Floyds Fork. Louisville Mega Cavern and Cave Hill Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Louisville side-trips: Mammoth Cave National Park (Mammoth Cave National Park & Fat Man's Misery). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Jefferson Memorial Forest, examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Louisville journey maker site .

Getting from Harrisburg to Louisville by car takes about 3 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave National Park, Jefferson Memorial Forest
Highlights from your plan
Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Fat Man's Misery ©
Fat Man's Misery

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