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

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 Pleasant Home. Change things up with these side-trips from Chicago: Cantigny Park (in Wheaton) and Baha'i House of Worship (in Wilmette). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, contemplate the long history of Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, visit a coastal fixture at Grosse Point Lighthouse, and don't miss a visit to Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple.

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The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Chicago. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dixon.
Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Tours
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.
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 Root Beer Revelry. Step out of Galena to go to Moline and see Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Ulysses S. Grant Home, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, explore the landscape on two wheels at Great River Trail, and admire the landmark architecture of Market House State Historic.

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.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · 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 Temple will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Brigham Young Home, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nauvoo State Park, hike along Wildcat Springs Park, and don't miss a visit to Joseph Smith Historic Site.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nauvoo trip planner.

You can drive from Galena to Nauvoo in 3.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Nauvoo are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Springfield.
Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Side Trips

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 Dana-Thomas House are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Springfield side-trips: Lincolns New Salem State Park (in Petersburg) and Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site (in Mount Pulaski). The adventure continues: get a sense of history and politics at Old State Capitol, stroll through Lincoln Memorial Garden, and contemplate the long history of Edwards Place Historic Home.

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.
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.