15 days in Illinois Itinerary

15 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Chicago Midway International Airport, Drive to Ottawa
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Ottawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Springfield
— 4 nights
Drive
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Makanda
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chicago
— 6 nights
Fly

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Ottawa

— 2 nights
Ottawa is a city located at the confluence of the navigable Illinois River and Fox River in LaSalle County, Illinois, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Route 66 Shield Mural (in Pontiac), Hennepin Canal State Park (in Sheffield) and Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. (in DeKalb). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at SaltTreeYoga, appreciate the history behind The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial, make a trip to Bureau County Soldiers and Sailors Monument, and do a tasting at August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. Tasting Room.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ottawa trip planner.

Newark to Ottawa is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Ottawa. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Newark in April since evenings lows in Ottawa dip to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Ottawa

Spas · Nature · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Springfield

— 4 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Explore Springfield's surroundings by going to Grand View Drive (in Peoria) and Great Rivers Scenic Route (in Alton). There's much more to do: get lost in a book at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, don't miss a visit to Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Memorial Garden.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Springfield trip itinerary site.

Drive from Ottawa to Springfield in 2.5 hours. April in Springfield sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Makanda.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Makanda

— 2 nights
Makanda is a village in Jackson County, Illinois, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Giant City State Park and then get a dose of the wild on Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shawnee Hills and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Henry N Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Makanda day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Springfield to Makanda takes 3.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Makanda are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Makanda

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Chicago

— 6 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, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo, don't miss a visit to Millennium Park, and engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Chicago trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Makanda to Chicago takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Makanda in April, expect Chicago to be slightly colder, temps between 59°F and 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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.