17 days in Illinois Itinerary

17 days in Illinois Itinerary

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Chicago
— 4 nights
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Rockford
— 2 nights
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Galena
— 3 nights
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Rock Island
— 1 night
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Springfield
— 4 nights
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Pontiac
— 2 nights

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Chicago

Chicago ©

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry will appeal to museum buffs. Cantigny Park and The Magnificent Mile are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Chicago with a short trip to First Division Museum at Cantigny in Wheaton, about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of The Loop, examine the collection at Swedish American Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and walk around Millennium Park.

Before you visit Chicago, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Norfolk to Chicago is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Norfolk to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Norfolk in November; daily highs in Chicago reach 50°F and lows reach 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rockford.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Cantigny Park ©
Cantigny Park
The Loop ©
The Loop

2
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Rockford

Rockford ©
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. On the 26th (Thu), explore the engaging exhibits at Discovery Center Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Anderson Japanese Gardens, and then see the interesting displays at Barnacopia. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Historical Auto Attractions, see the interesting displays at McHenry County Historical Society, and then learn about winemaking at Prairie States Winery.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rockford trip 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. Traveling from Chicago in November, plan for little chillier nights in Rockford, with lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Galena.

Things to do in Rockford

Museums · Wineries · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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Historical Auto Attractions ©
Historical Auto Attractions
Discovery Center Museum ©
Discovery Center Museum
Barnacopia ©
Barnacopia

3
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Galena

Galena ©
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. Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum and Mangelsen - Images of Nature Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. and Ghost & Vampire Tours. Take a break from Galena with a short trip to Stockton Heritage Museum in Stockton, about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Ulysses S. Grant Home, pause for some photo ops at Galena Veterans Memorial Park, hit the slopes at Chestnut Mountain Resort, and do a tasting at Galena Cellars Winery & Vineyard.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Galena travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Rockford to Galena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Galena can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rock Island.

Things to do in Galena

Museums · Wineries · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Ulysses S. Grant Home ©
Ulysses S. Grant Home
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. ©
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.

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Rock Island

Rock Island ©
Rock Island is a city in and the county seat of Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): examine the collection at The Karpeles Manuscript Museum, learn more about the world around you at Fryxell Geology Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Rock Island Arsenal Museum, and finally try to win big at Jumer's Casino Rock Island.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rock Island trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Galena to Rock Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Rock Island, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 30°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Rock Island

Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos
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Fryxell Geology Museum ©
Fryxell Geology Museum
Rock Island Arsenal Museum ©
Rock Island Arsenal Museum

4
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Springfield

Springfield ©

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Caterpillar Visitors Center and Illinois State Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Dana-Thomas House and Catholic Diocese of Peoria Museums. Take a break from Springfield with a short trip to Grand View Drive in Peoria, about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, learn about all things military at Air Combat Museum, and see the interesting displays at Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Springfield online journey planner.

You can drive from Rock Island to Springfield in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 41°F, and evening lows to 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Pontiac.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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Caterpillar Visitors Center ©
Caterpillar Visitors Center
Illinois State Museum ©
Illinois State Museum
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House

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Pontiac

Pontiac ©
Pontiac is a city in Livingston County, Illinois, United States. On the 6th (Sun), immerse yourself in nature at Matthiessen State Park, don't miss a visit to Standard Oil Gas Station, then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Gilding Arts, and finally examine the collection at IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Westclox Museum, then admire the majestic nature at Starved Rock State Park, and then get reinvigorated at SaltTreeYoga.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Pontiac trip site.

You can drive from Springfield to Pontiac in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°F in December, and nighttime lows around 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pontiac

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
SaltTreeYoga ©
SaltTreeYoga
Museum of the Gilding Arts ©
Museum of the Gilding Arts

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