12 days in Illinois Itinerary

12 days in Illinois Itinerary

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12 days in Illinois Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Springfield
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Dixon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Chicago
— 6 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: London

2
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Lincoln Memorial Garden, steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House, then take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, then stroll around Union Square Park, and finally stroll around Union Square Park.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Springfield attractions planner.

London, UK to Springfield is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Springfield, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Springfield when traveling from London in November, with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Dixon.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Lincoln Memorial Garden ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden

3
nights
Dixon

Dixon ©
Dixon is a city and county seat of Lee County, Illinois, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Dixon: Oscar Taylor Home (in Freeport), Anderson Japanese Gardens (in Rockford) and Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area (in Fulton). And it doesn't end there: sample the fine beverages at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., contemplate the long history of Dillon Home Museum, experience rural life at Edwards Apple Orchard, and savor the flavors at Whiskey Acres Distilling Co..

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Dixon online trip builder .

You can drive from Springfield to Dixon in 3 hours. Traveling from Springfield in November, you will find days in Dixon are little chillier (10°C), and nights are about the same (-1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Dixon

Historic Sites Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Galena, Edwards Apple Orchard, Dillon Home Museum, Oscar Taylor Home, Great River Trail
Highlights from your plan
Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. ©
Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. ©
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.
Anderson Japanese Gardens ©
Anderson Japanese Gardens

6
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, admire the landmark architecture of 360 Chicago Observation Deck, and walk around Millennium Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Dixon to Chicago takes 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Oak Park, Horseshoe Hammond
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

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