13 days in Illinois Itinerary

13 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois vacation planner

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Drive to St Louis Lambert International Airport, Fly to Beijing Capital International Airport



— 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Head to The Magnificent Mile and Chicago Cultural Centerfor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Art Institute of Chicago and Fourth Presbyterian Church. Get out of town with these interesting Chicago side-trips: Deer Grove Forest Preserve (in Palatine), Little Red Schoolhouse (in Willow Springs) and Prairie Wolf Slough (in Highland Park). There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at Field Museum, stroll around Millennium Park, appreciate the history behind Cloud Gate, and get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Chicago trip itinerary maker app.

Beijing, China to Chicago is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Beijing to Chicago is minus 14 hours. Traveling from Beijing in May, expect nights in Chicago to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Galena.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips


— 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. On the 15th (Wed), observe the fascinating underwater world at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, look for gifts at Galena Cellars Winery & Vineyard, then look for all kinds of wild species at Horseshoe Mound, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Mines of Spain, steep yourself in history at Ulysses S. Grant Home, shop like a local with Mangelsen - Images of Nature Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at River Bend Gallery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sinsinawa Mother House.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Galena day trip planning site.

You can drive from Chicago to Galena in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. May in Galena sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Nauvoo.

Things to do in Galena

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips


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Nauvoo is a small city in Hancock County, Illinois, United States, on the Mississippi River near Fort Madison, Iowa. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nauvoo Temple, then contemplate the long history of Historic Nauvoo, then don't miss a visit to Brigham Young Home, and finally do a tasting at Baxter's Vineyards.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nauvoo trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Galena to Nauvoo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Galena in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nauvoo, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Alton.

Things to do in Nauvoo

Historic Sites · Wineries


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Alton is a city on the Mississippi River in Madison County, Illinois, United States, about 15mi north of St. Get some cultural insight at Lewis & Clark State Historic Site and Aerie's Winery. Let the collections at National Great Rivers Museum and World's Tallest Man Statue capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Alton: Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site (in Collinsville) and Pere Marquette State Park (in Grafton). There's still lots to do: cruise along Great Rivers Scenic Route, sample the fine beverages at Mastermind Vodka, look for gifts at Mississippi Mud Pottery, and try your luck at Argosy Casino Alton.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Alton trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Nauvoo to Alton takes 3.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Alton can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Alton

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Illinois travel guide

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.