15 days in Illinois Itinerary

15 days in Illinois Itinerary

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Chicago
— 5 nights
Fly
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Galena
— 3 nights
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Rock Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Springfield
— 5 nights
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Chicago — 5 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, admire the landmark architecture of 360 Chicago Observation Deck, learn more about the world around you at Field Museum, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shedd Aquarium.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Chicago trip website.

Paris, France to Chicago is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Paris in May, you will find days in Chicago are somewhat warmer (25°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Galena.
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Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Tours
Side Trip

Galena — 3 nights

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. Galena is known for breweries & distilleries, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., steep yourself in history at Ulysses S. Grant Home, get engrossed in the history at Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum, and indulge your taste buds at Massbach Ridge Tasting Room.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Galena visit app.

You can fly from Chicago to Galena in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Galena are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Rock Island.
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Parks · Spas · Historic Sites · Museums

Rock Island — 1 night

Rock Island is a city in and the county seat of Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. On the 10th (Tue), get a new perspective on nature at Fryxell Geology Museum, try your luck at Jumer's Casino Rock Island, and then steep yourself in history at Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rock Island trip website.

Traveling by car from Galena to Rock Island takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Rock Island can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Springfield.
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Casinos · Fun & Games · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Springfield — 5 nights

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 engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, contemplate the long history of Edwards Place Historic Home, identify plant and animal life at Lincoln Memorial Garden, and don't miss a visit to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Springfield trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Rock Island to Springfield takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Springfield are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

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.
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