13 days in Illinois Itinerary

13 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois route planner

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Chicago
— 4 nights
Drive
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Galena
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bloomington
— 1 night
Drive
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Champaign
— 1 night
Drive
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Springfield
— 1 night
Drive
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East Saint Louis
— 1 night
Drive
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Cairo
— 2 nights
Drive

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Chicago

— 4 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: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, take in the waterfront at Navy Pier, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, and engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Chicago trip app.

Philadelphia to Chicago is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Thu) before leaving for Galena.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

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. Venture out of the city with trips to Heritage Trail (in Dubuque), Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center (in Spring Green) and The Cunningham Museum (in Lancaster). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at National Motorcycle Museum, sample the fine beverages at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., and appreciate the history behind Galena Veterans Memorial Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Galena online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Galena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Chicago in August since evenings lows in Galena dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Bloomington.

Things to do in Galena

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Bloomington

— 1 night
Bloomington is a city in and the county seat of McLean County, Illinois, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): stroll through Constitution Trail, then admire the masterpieces at University Galleries of Illinois State University, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Funks Grove Church & Chapel in the Trees.

To find more things to do and tourist information, read our Bloomington visit planner.

Traveling by car from Galena to Bloomington takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Champaign.

Things to do in Bloomington

Outdoors · Museums · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Champaign

— 1 night
Champaign is a city in Champaign County, Illinois, United States. To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Champaign trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Bloomington to Champaign in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 62°F. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Springfield.

Things to do in Champaign

Parks · Museums · Nightlife · Shopping

Springfield

— 1 night

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Lincoln Memorial Garden, contemplate the long history of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, then get lost in a book at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Union Station - Lincoln from History to Hollywood, and finally snap pictures at Sugar Creek Covered Bridge.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Springfield trip site.

You can drive from Champaign to Springfield in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Springfield are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to East Saint Louis.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

East Saint Louis

— 1 night
East St. Plan trip to East Saint Louis with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Springfield to East Saint Louis in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in East Saint Louis are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cairo.

Things to do in East Saint Louis

Fun & Games · Nightlife · Parks · Museums

Cairo

— 2 nights
Cairo is the southernmost city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): stroll the grounds of Mound City National Cemetery, then admire the striking features of Magnolia Manor, then pause for some photo ops at Fort Jefferson Memorial Cross, and finally admire the striking features of U.S. Custom House.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cairo trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from East Saint Louis to Cairo in 2.5 hours. In August in Cairo, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites

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.