13 days in Illinois Itinerary

13 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois vacation builder

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Rock Island
— 1 day
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Galena
— 3 nights
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Fulton
— 2 nights
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Nauvoo
— 1 night
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Springfield
— 3 nights
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Pontiac
— 2 nights
Drive to Chicago Midway International Airport, Fly to Show Low Regional Airport

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Rock Island

— 1 day
Rock Island is a city in and the county seat of Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Quad City Botanical Center and then try to win big at Jumer's Casino Rock Island.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rock Island online day trip planner.

Show Low to Rock Island is an approximately 21.5-hour car ride. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Show Low to Rock Island due to the time zone difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Galena.

Things to do in Rock Island

Fun & Games · Casinos · Parks

Galena

— 3 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. Get some historical perspective at Apple River Fort and Washburne House State Historic Site. Explore hidden gems such as Apple River Canyon State Park and The Old Blacksmith Shop. Explore Galena's surroundings by going to Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park (in Lena) and Jane Addams Recreation Trail (in Freeport). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Market House State Historic, sample the fine beverages at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., and contemplate the long history of Ulysses S. Grant Home.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Galena road trip planning tool.

Drive from Rock Island to Galena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Rock Island in April, plan for little chillier days in Galena, with highs around 56°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Fulton.

Things to do in Galena

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Fulton

— 2 nights
Fulton is a city in Whiteside County, Illinois, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home, then steep yourself in history at John Deere Historic Site, and then identify plant and animal life at Thomson Causeway Recreation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Windmill Cultural Center, contemplate the long history of De Immigrant Windmill, and then steep yourself in history at Heritage Canyon.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Fulton trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Galena to Fulton in 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Fulton can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nauvoo.

Things to do in Fulton

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Nauvoo

— 1 night
Nauvoo is a small city in Hancock County, Illinois, United States, on the Mississippi River near Fort Madison, Iowa. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): deepen your understanding at Historic Nauvoo.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nauvoo day trip site.

Drive from Fulton to Nauvoo in 3 hours. Traveling from Fulton in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 42°F in Nauvoo. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Nauvoo

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Springfield

— 3 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Get some historical perspective at Camp Butler National Cemetery and Dana-Thomas House. Discover out-of-the-way places like Edwards Place Historic Home and Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices State Historic Site. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Lincoln Memorial Garden, relax in the rural setting at Apple Barn, steep yourself in history at Vachel Lindsay Home, and don't miss a visit to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Springfield trip planner.

You can drive from Nauvoo to Springfield in 3 hours. In April, daytime highs in Springfield are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Pontiac.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Pontiac

— 2 nights
Pontiac is a city in Livingston County, Illinois, United States. On the 29th (Sun), immerse yourself in nature at Matthiessen State Park and then immerse yourself in nature at Starved Rock State Park. On the next day, see the interesting displays at International Wall Dog Mural and Sign Art Museum and then hike along Constitution Trail.

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Drive from Springfield to Pontiac in 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Pontiac can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pontiac

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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.