15 days in Illinois Itinerary

15 days in Illinois Itinerary

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Chicago — 3 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fourth Presbyterian Church and Pleasant Home. Explore Chicago's surroundings by going to Cantigny Park (in Wheaton) and Baha'i House of Worship (in Wilmette). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, stroll around Millennium Park, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and admire the landmark architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago attractions planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Chicago. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dixon.
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Dixon — 2 nights

Dixon is a city and county seat of Lee County, Illinois, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): contemplate the long history of John Deere Historic Site and then contemplate the long history of Dillon Home Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Heritage Canyon and then steep yourself in history at De Immigrant Windmill.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Dixon itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Dixon takes 2 hours. Traveling from Chicago in August, Dixon is little chillier at night with lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Galena.
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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. Washburne House State Historic Site and Root Beer Revelry will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Galena to Moline to see Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Ulysses S. Grant Home, admire the landmark architecture of Market House State Historic, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Great River Trail.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Galena trip planner.

You can drive from Dixon to Galena in 2 hours. August in Galena sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Nauvoo.
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Nauvoo — 3 nights

Nauvoo is a small city in Hancock County, Illinois, United States, on the Mississippi River near Fort Madison, Iowa. Get some historical perspective at Historic Nauvoo and Carthage Jail. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Nauvoo Temple, steep yourself in history at Brigham Young Home, don't miss a visit to Joseph Smith Historic Site, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nauvoo State Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nauvoo day trip app.

Drive from Galena to Nauvoo in 3.5 hours. In August in Nauvoo, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Springfield.
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Springfield — 3 nights

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Popular historic sites such as Lincoln Home National Historic Site and Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site are in your itinerary. Step out of Springfield to go to Petersburg and see Lincolns New Salem State Park, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House, get a sense of history and politics at Old State Capitol, and stroll through Lincoln Memorial Garden.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Springfield online trip planner.

Getting from Nauvoo to Springfield by car takes about 3 hours. In August in Springfield, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Illinois travel guide

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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.