16 days in Illinois Itinerary

16 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois trip planner

Make it your trip
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Chicago
— 5 nights
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Harrisburg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Springfield
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pontiac
— 1 night
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Utica
— 1 night
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Galena
— 2 nights
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Chicago

— 5 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Visit Rosewood Beach and Montrose Beach for some beach relaxation. Kids will enjoy The Art Institute of Chicago and Lakefront Trail. When in Chicago, make a side trip to see Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie, approximately Skokie away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, admire the landmark architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, look for gifts at Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, and admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Chicago sightseeing planner.

Manchester, UK to Chicago is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Manchester in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Chicago: highs are around 25°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Harrisburg.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Harrisburg

— 2 nights
Harrisburg is a city in and the county seat of Saline County, Illinois, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Giant City State Park, get a dose of the wild on Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour, and then get a new perspective on things with Mermet Springs Scuba. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Rim Rock Recreation Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden of the Gods, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shawnee National Forest.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Harrisburg trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Harrisburg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In May in Harrisburg, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Harrisburg

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Springfield

— 3 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Step out of the city life by going to Grand View Drive and Lincoln Memorial Garden. Appreciate the collections at Caterpillar Visitors Center and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Go for a jaunt from Springfield to Petersburg to see Lincolns New Salem State Park about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: get a sense of history and politics at Old State Capitol, take in the views from Sugar Creek Covered Bridge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and don't miss a visit to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Springfield trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Harrisburg to Springfield takes 3.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Springfield are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Pontiac.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Pontiac

— 1 night
Pontiac is a city in Livingston County, Illinois, United States. On the 23rd (Sun), examine the collection at Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum, examine the collection at Museum of the Gilding Arts, examine the collection at IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum, then learn about all things military at Livingston County War Museum, and finally make a trip to Route 66 Shield Mural.

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Traveling by car from Springfield to Pontiac takes 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Pontiac can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Utica.

Things to do in Pontiac

Museums

Utica

— 1 night
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at SaltTreeYoga, see the interesting displays at Westclox Museum, then immerse yourself in nature at Matthiessen State Park, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Starved Rock State Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Utica sightseeing planner.

Getting from Pontiac to Utica by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Galena.

Things to do in Utica

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Galena

— 2 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. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate the long history of De Immigrant Windmill, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Thomson Causeway Recreation Area, and then hit the slopes at Chestnut Mountain Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum, contemplate the long history of Ulysses S. Grant Home, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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You can drive from Utica to Galena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Galena can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Galena

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Winter Sports

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.