14 days in Illinois Itinerary

14 days in Illinois Itinerary

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Alton
— 1 night
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Harrisburg
— 3 nights
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Utica
— 2 nights
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Chicago
— 5 nights
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Crystal Lake
— 2 nights

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Alton

Alton ©
Alton is a city on the Mississippi River in Madison County, Illinois, United States, about 15mi north of St. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): don't miss a visit to Haskell Playhouse.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Alton trip maker.

Phoenix to Alton is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Phoenix in January, expect Alton to be cooler, temps between 39°F and 21°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Harrisburg.

Things to do in Alton

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

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Pere Marquette State Park ©
Pere Marquette State Park
Great Rivers Scenic Route
Great Rivers Scenic Route
Mississippi Mud Pottery ©
Mississippi Mud Pottery

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Harrisburg

Harrisburg ©
Harrisburg is a city in and the county seat of Saline County, Illinois, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Garden of the Gods and Little Grand Canyon. Explore Harrisburg's surroundings by going to Bald Knob Cross of Peace (in Alto Pass), Pomona (Hickory Ridge Vineyard, Pomona Natural Bridge, &more) and Henry N Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center (in Cypress). It doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at Shawnee National Forest.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Harrisburg road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Alton to Harrisburg takes 3 hours. February in Harrisburg sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Utica.

Things to do in Harrisburg

Parks · Wildlife · Wineries · Nature

Side Trips

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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pomona Natural Bridge ©
Pomona Natural Bridge
Pomona Winery ©
Pomona Winery

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Utica

Utica ©
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): stroll through Franklin Creek Grist Mill, then immerse yourself in nature at Hennepin Canal State Park, and then don't miss a visit to Bureau County Soldiers and Sailors Monument. On the next day, stroll around Baker Lake Park, immerse yourself in nature at Starved Rock State Park, and then learn about winemaking at August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. Tasting Room.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Utica online travel route planner.

Getting from Harrisburg to Utica by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Harrisburg in February, with highs in Utica at 34°F and lows at 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Utica

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park
Hennepin Canal State Park ©
Hennepin Canal State Park
Franklin Creek Grist Mill ©
Franklin Creek Grist Mill

5
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Chicago

Chicago ©

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Take a break from the city and head to Prairie Wolf Slough and Centennial Bike Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Chicago side-trips: Swallow Cliff Stairs (in Palos Park), Bachelor Grove Cemetery (in Midlothian) and Little Red Schoolhouse (in Willow Springs). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, explore the landscape on two wheels at Illinois Prairie Path, stroll through Cal Sag BikeTrail, and wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Chicago trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Utica to Chicago in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°F, and evening lows to 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Crystal Lake.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
Little Red Schoolhouse ©
Little Red Schoolhouse

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Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake ©
Crystal Lake is a city in McHenry County in the U.S. On the 12th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Deer Grove Forest Preserve and then stroll through Veteran Acres Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Fisher Nuts Store, then get lost in a book at St. Charles Public Library, then fly down the slopes at Raging Buffalo Snowboard Ski Park, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Copper Fiddle Distillery.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Crystal Lake route planner.

Getting from Chicago to Crystal Lake by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Chicago in February, plan for little chillier nights in Crystal Lake, with lows around 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Crystal Lake

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Veteran Acres Park ©
Veteran Acres Park
Deer Grove Forest Preserve ©
Deer Grove Forest Preserve
Raging Buffalo Snowboard Ski Park ©
Raging Buffalo Snowboard Ski Park

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