15 days in Illinois Itinerary

15 days in Illinois Itinerary

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Fly
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Springfield
— 2 nights
Drive
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Galena
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rockford
— 1 night
Drive
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Saint Charles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chicago
— 6 nights
Fly

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Springfield

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Go for a jaunt from Springfield to Mount Pulaski to see Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, ponder the world of politics at Old State Capitol, and stroll around Union Square Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Springfield tour planner.

Denver to Springfield is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Springfield is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Springfield when traveling from Denver in August, with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Galena.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

3
nights
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Stockton Heritage Museum (in Stockton) and Fulton (Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area & De Immigrant Windmill). Next up on the itinerary: kick your exploration up a notch at Long Hollow Canopy Tours, pause for some photo ops at Galena Veterans Memorial Park, examine the collection at The Old Blacksmith Shop, and contemplate the long history of Washburne House State Historic Site.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Galena trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Springfield to Galena by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and car; or fly. When traveling from Springfield in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Galena: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rockford.

Things to do in Galena

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

1
night
Rockford

Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Anderson Japanese Gardens, examine the collection at Historical Auto Attractions, and then trek along Stone Bridge Trail.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Rockford trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Galena to Rockford in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. August in Rockford sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Saint Charles.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks · Museums · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

2
nights
Saint Charles

St. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Riverwalk Lot, then let your taste buds guide you at Naperville Bites and Sites Food Tours, and then indulge your taste buds at Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.. Keep things going the next day: explore the landscape on two wheels at Illinois Prairie Path, then learn about all things military at Cantigny Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Centennial Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Saint Charles online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Rockford to Saint Charles in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Saint Charles are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Saint Charles

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

6
nights
Chicago

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo, and get in on the family fun at Navy Pier.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Chicago trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Saint Charles to Chicago in an hour. Traveling from Saint Charles in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 67°F in Chicago. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks

Illinois travel guide

4.4
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.