15 days in Illinois Itinerary

15 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois vacation planner

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Chicago
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dixon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Galena
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nauvoo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Springfield
— 3 nights
Fly

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Chicago

— 3 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Get some historical perspective at Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House and Cantigny Park. Go for a jaunt from Chicago to Wilmette to see Baha'i House of Worship about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, browse the exhibits of Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, don't miss a visit to Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and steep yourself in history at Pleasant Home.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Chicago trip itinerary planning site.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Chicago. In August, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dixon.

Things to do in Chicago

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Dixon

— 2 nights
Dixon is a city and county seat of Lee County, Illinois, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): contemplate the long history of John Deere Historic Site and then contemplate the long history of Dillon Home Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Heritage Canyon and then contemplate the long history of De Immigrant Windmill.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Dixon road trip website.

Getting from Chicago to Dixon by car takes about 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Dixon when traveling from Chicago in August, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Galena.

Things to do in Dixon

Historic Sites

Side Trips

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. Get some historical perspective at Washburne House State Historic Site and Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Ulysses S. Grant Home, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, indulge your taste buds at Massbach Ridge Tasting Room, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Great River Trail.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Galena road trip planner.

Getting from Dixon to Galena by car takes about 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Galena are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nauvoo.

Things to do in Galena

Historic Sites · Trails · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nauvoo

— 3 nights
Nauvoo is a small city in Hancock County, Illinois, United States, on the Mississippi River near Fort Madison, Iowa. Historic Nauvoo and Nauvoo State Park will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Nauvoo Temple, steep yourself in history at Carthage Jail, don't miss a visit to Brigham Young Home, and stroll around Wildcat Springs Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nauvoo trip itinerary tool.

You can 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Nauvoo

Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Springfield

— 3 nights

Flower City

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 Lincolns New Salem State Park are in your itinerary. When in Springfield, make a side trip to see Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site in Mount Pulaski, approximately Mount Pulaski away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House, get a sense of history and politics at Old State Capitol, and stroll through Lincoln Memorial Garden.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Springfield trip planner.

Getting from Nauvoo to Springfield by car takes about 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Springfield are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

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.