17 days in Chicago and Beyond & Cincinnati Itinerary

17 days in Chicago and Beyond & Cincinnati Itinerary

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Chicago
— 6 nights
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Rockford
— 3 nights
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Cincinnati
— 7 nights
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Chicago — 6 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chicago: Pirate's Cove Children's Theme Park (in Elk Grove Village) and Cantigny Park (in Wheaton). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, get curious at Field Museum, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and meet the residents at Lincoln Park Zoo.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago tour itinerary planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Chicago is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 6 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in July: high temperatures in Chicago hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rockford.
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Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks
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Rockford — 3 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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rockford: Matthiessen State Park (in Utica), Oscar Taylor Home (in Freeport) and Starved Rock State Park (in Oglesby). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Historic Auto Attractions, take in nature's colorful creations at Anderson Japanese Gardens, and look for all kinds of wild species at Severson Dells Nature Center.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rockford trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Chicago to Rockford in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. In July, daytime highs in Rockford are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to fly to Cincinnati.
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Cincinnati — 7 nights

Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S. city that left a favorable impression on one of its most famous 19th-century visitors, English author Charles Dickens.
Get out of town with these interesting Cincinnati side-trips: Louisville (Ghost & Vampire Tours, Louisville Mega Cavern, &more), Dayton (Carillon Historical Park & National Museum of the US Air Force) and Kings Island (in Mason). There's much more to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, stroll around Smale Riverfront Park, admire the natural beauty at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, and see the interesting displays at Rhythm! Discovery Center.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cincinnati route builder app.

You can fly from Rockford to Cincinnati in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rockford to Cincinnati due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Cincinnati are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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