14 days in Chicago and Beyond Itinerary

14 days in Chicago and Beyond Itinerary

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14 days in Chicago and Beyond Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Nauvoo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Utica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Rockford
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Chicago
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Detroit

1
night
Nauvoo

Nauvoo ©
Nauvoo is a small city in Hancock County, Illinois, United States, on the Mississippi River near Fort Madison, Iowa. On the 17th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Historic Nauvoo. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Rheinberger House Museum, then contemplate the long history of Joseph Smith Historic Site, then steep yourself in history at Nauvoo State Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nauvoo Temple.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Nauvoo tour itinerary builder tool .

Detroit to Nauvoo is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Nauvoo is minus 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Nauvoo are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Utica.

Things to do in Nauvoo

Historic Sites Museums
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Historic Nauvoo ©
Historic Nauvoo
Nauvoo Temple ©
Nauvoo Temple
Joseph Smith Historic Site ©
Joseph Smith Historic Site

2
nights
Utica

Utica ©
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Hegeler Carus Mansion, then admire the majestic nature at Matthiessen State Park, and then stroll through Starved Rock State Park. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Washington Square, do a tasting at August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. Tasting Room, then get engrossed in the history at LaSalle County Historical Society & Museum, then examine the collection at Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Reddick Mansion and Gardens.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Utica road trip tool .

Getting from Nauvoo to Utica by car takes about 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rockford.

Things to do in Utica

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ottawa, Hegeler Carus Mansion
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Hegeler Carus Mansion ©
Hegeler Carus Mansion

4
nights
Rockford

Rockford ©
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. Visit Oscar Taylor Home and Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Historic Auto Museum and Burpee Museum of Natural History. Explore Rockford's surroundings by going to Krape City Park (in Freeport) and Dixon (Veterans Memorial Park, Loveland Community House, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Anderson Japanese Gardens, steep yourself in history at Midway Village & Museum Center, explore the engaging exhibits at Discovery Center Museum, and see the interesting displays at Frank Lloyd Wright's Laurent House.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rockford online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Utica to Rockford in 1.5 hours. In July in Rockford, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Rockford

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dixon, Freeport, Historic Auto Museum
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Historic Auto Museum ©
Historic Auto Museum
Veterans Memorial Park ©
Veterans Memorial Park
Northwest Territory Historic Center ©

6
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Rosewood Beach and Ohio Street Beach. The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Chicago with an excursion to Centennial Beach in Naperville--about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Millennium Park, take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, appreciate the history behind Cloud Gate, and see the interesting displays at The Field Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Chicago trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rockford to Chicago takes 2 hours. July in Chicago sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rosewood Beach, Centennial Beach
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
The Field Museum ©
The Field Museum

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