12 days in Illinois Itinerary

12 days in Illinois Itinerary

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Fly to St. Louis, Train to Springfield
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Springfield
— 2 nights
Drive
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Galena
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rockford
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chicago
— 5 nights
Fly

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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.
Step out of Springfield to go to Litchfield and see Lake Lou Yaeger, which is approximately 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House, browse the exhibits of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, and make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials.

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Newark to Springfield is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in August, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Galena.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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 4th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Mangelsen - Images of Nature Gallery, appreciate the history behind Galena Veterans Memorial Park, then steep yourself in history at Washburne House State Historic Site, then identify plant and animal life at Horseshoe Mound, and finally sample the fine beverages at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area, walk around Grant Park, then contemplate the long history of Ulysses S. Grant Home, then look for gifts at Chocolat, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Psychic Medium Chris McBrien.

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Drive from Springfield to Galena in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and car; or fly. When traveling from Springfield in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Galena: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rockford.

Things to do in Galena

Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping

Side Trip

Rockford

— 2 nights
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. On the 6th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Historical Auto Attractions, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Addams Recreation Trail, and then walk around Krape Park. On the next day, experience rural life at Honey Hill, sample the fine beverages at Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., and then admire the natural beauty at Anderson Japanese Gardens.

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Traveling by car from Galena to Rockford takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Chicago

— 5 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, learn more about the world around you at Field Museum, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, and stroll through Millennium Park.

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You can drive from Rockford to Chicago in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. In August in Chicago, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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.