16 days in Chicago and Beyond & Great Rivers & Routes Itinerary

16 days in Chicago and Beyond & Great Rivers & Routes Itinerary

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Chicago
— 7 nights
Drive
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Collinsville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nauvoo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Utica
— 1 night
Drive
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Rockford
— 2 nights
Drive to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Fly to Sutton-on-Sea

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Chicago — 7 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Garfield Park Conservatory and Holy Name Cathedral. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chicago Riverwalk and Baha'i House of Worship. Venture out of the city with trips to Cantigny Park (in Wheaton), Chicago Botanic Garden (in Glencoe) and Riverwalk Lot (in Naperville). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through The Loop, contemplate the waterfront views at Chicago River, admire the landmark architecture of Tribune Tower, and make a trip to Buckingham Fountain.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago tour itinerary website.

Sutton-on-Sea, UK to Chicago is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time is minus 6 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Collinsville.
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Collinsville — 3 nights

Collinsville is a city located mainly in Madison County, and partially in St. Explore hidden gems such as Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site and Alton Prison. Venture out of the city with trips to Piasa Winery & Pub (in Grafton) and Rock Springs Park (in Alton). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to World's Largest Catsup Bottle and cool off at Splash City Waterpark.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Collinsville trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Collinsville takes 4.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in April: high temperatures in Collinsville hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nauvoo.
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Nauvoo — 2 nights

Nauvoo is a small city in Hancock County, Illinois, United States, on the Mississippi River near Fort Madison, Iowa. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nauvoo Temple and then contemplate the long history of Historic Nauvoo. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Joseph Smith Historic Site and then steep yourself in history at Nauvoo State Park.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Nauvoo trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Collinsville to Nauvoo takes 3.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Nauvoo can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Utica.
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Utica — 1 night

North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Matthiessen State Park and then immerse yourself in nature at Starved Rock State Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Utica trip planner.

Drive from Nauvoo to Utica in 3.5 hours. In April in Utica, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rockford.
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Rockford — 2 nights

Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. state of Illinois, the 171st most populous city in the United States, the largest city in Illinois outside of the Chicago metropolitan area, and the city of the 148th most populous metropolitan area in the United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore the world behind art at Rockford Art Museum and then admire the natural beauty at Anderson Japanese Gardens.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rockford trip planner.

You can drive from Utica to Rockford in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and bus. In April, daytime highs in Rockford are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
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