15 days in Illinois Itinerary

15 days in Illinois Itinerary

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15 days in Illinois Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly + Drive:  26​h
1
Rockford
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Springfield
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
East Alton
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Chicago
— 6 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Manila, Luzon

1
night
Rockford

Rockford ©
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. On the 8th (Sat), buy something for everyone on your list at CherryVale Mall, don't miss a visit to The Next Picture Show, and then steep yourself in history at Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Anderson Japanese Gardens, then do a tasting at Prarie States Winery, and then admire all the interesting features of Rockford Speedway.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, read our Rockford online trip maker .

Manila, Philippines to Rockford is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manila to Rockford is minus 14 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Manila in December, with highs in Rockford at 1°C and lows at -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Rockford

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dixon, Rockford Speedway, Prairie States Winery
Highlights from your plan
CherryVale Mall ©
CherryVale Mall
Anderson Japanese Gardens ©
Anderson Japanese Gardens
Prairie States Winery ©
Prairie States Winery

3
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Springfield is known for museums, historic sites, parks, zoos & aquariums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your bearings at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House, make a trip to Rees Memorial Carillon, and admire all the interesting features of Lincoln Memorial Garden.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Springfield trip planner .

You can drive from Rockford to Springfield in 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Rockford in December: highs in Springfield hover around 5°C, while lows dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to East Alton.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Apple Barn
Highlights from your plan
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Lincoln Memorial Garden ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden

2
nights
East Alton

East Alton ©
East Alton is a village in Madison County, Illinois, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, stop by St. Clair Square, then don't miss a visit to World's Largest Catsup Bottle, and finally relax in the rural setting at Willoughby Heritage Farms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at The Gardens at SIUE, take a memorable drive along Pere Marquette State Park, and then admire the engineering at Melvin Price Locks and Dam.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the East Alton trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Springfield to East Alton by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December in East Alton, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in East Alton

Parks Scenic Drive Tours

Side Trips

Collinsville, The Gardens at SIUE, St. Clair Square, Pere Marquette State Park
Highlights from your plan
Melvin Price Locks and Dam ©
Melvin Price Locks and Dam
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site ©
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

6
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, examine the collection at The Field Museum, admire all the interesting features of Wrigley Field, and get curious at Museum of Science and Industry.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from East Alton to Chicago. In December, daytime highs in Chicago are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

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