13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Beijing
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Galena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Nauvoo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Alton
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Beijing

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Magnificent Mile and The Field Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Art Institute of Chicago and Chicago Cultural Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Chicago: Deer Grove Forest Preserve (in Palatine), Prairie Wolf Slough (in Highland Park) and Little Red Schoolhouse (in Willow Springs). There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lincoln Park Zoo, admire the landmark architecture of Marquette Building, don't miss a visit to Cloud Gate, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip planning app .

Beijing, China to Chicago is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from China Standard Time (CST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -14 hour difference. When traveling from Beijing in May, plan for slightly colder days in Chicago, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Galena.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Prairie Wolf Slough, Deer Grove Forest Preserve, Little Red Schoolhouse
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
The Field Museum ©
The Field Museum

2
nights
Galena

Galena ©
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. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, indulge your taste buds at Galena Cellars Winery, then identify plant and animal life at Horseshoe Mound, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Mines of Spain, steep yourself in history at Ulysses S. Grant Home, take in the exciting artwork at Mangelsen - Images of Nature Gallery, then shop like a local with River Bend Gallery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sinsinawa Mother House.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Galena journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Galena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Galena, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nauvoo.

Things to do in Galena

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Dubuque, Sinsinawa Mother House
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Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. ©
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.
Ulysses S. Grant Home ©
Ulysses S. Grant Home

2
nights
Nauvoo

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

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nauvoo trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Galena to Nauvoo in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Galena in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 14°C in Nauvoo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Alton.

Things to do in Nauvoo

Historic Sites Wineries
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Nauvoo Temple ©
Nauvoo Temple
Historic Nauvoo ©
Historic Nauvoo
Brigham Young Home ©
Brigham Young Home

2
nights
Alton

Alton ©
Alton is a city on the Mississippi River in Madison County, Illinois, United States, about 15mi north of St. Get in touch with nature at Great Rivers Scenic Route and Pere Marquette State Park. Get some historical perspective at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site and Lewis & Clark State Historic Site. Change things up with a short trip to Aerie's Winery in Grafton (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Mastermind Vodka, try your luck at Argosy Casino Alton, examine the collection at National Great Rivers Museum, and stop by Mississippi Mud Pottery.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Alton driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Nauvoo to Alton in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Alton

Outdoors Scenic Drive Museums

Side Trips

Grafton, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Mastermind Vodka, Lewis & Clark State Historic Site
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Pere Marquette State Park ©
Pere Marquette State Park
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site ©
Lewis & Clark State Historic Site ©
Lewis & Clark State Historic Site

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