19 days in Illinois Itinerary

19 days in Illinois Itinerary

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Chicago
— 6 nights
Drive
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Ottawa
— 1 night
Drive
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Alton
— 2 nights
Drive
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Springfield
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rock Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Galena
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rockford
— 2 nights
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Chicago

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
When in Chicago, make a side trip to see Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie, approximately Skokie away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lincoln Park Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at 360 Chicago Observation Deck, and don't miss a visit to Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago day trip app.

Manchester, UK to Chicago is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Manchester to Chicago due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Manchester in January; daily highs in Chicago reach 0°C and lows reach -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Ottawa.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

1
night
Ottawa

Ottawa is a city located at the confluence of the navigable Illinois River and Fox River in LaSalle County, Illinois, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): get reinvigorated at SaltTreeYoga, walk around Washington Square Park, take an in-depth tour of Hegeler Carus Mansion, then learn about winemaking at August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. Tasting Room, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Allen Park.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Ottawa trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Chicago to Ottawa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in February, and nighttime lows around -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Alton.

Things to do in Ottawa

Museums · Wineries · Spas · Parks

Side Trips

2
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Alton

Alton is a city on the Mississippi River in Madison County, Illinois, United States, about 15mi north of St. On the 7th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, make a trip to Haskell Playhouse, and then admire all the interesting features of Great Rivers Scenic Route. On the next day, see the interesting displays at World's Tallest Man Statue, see human ingenuity at work at Melvin Price Locks and Dam, then stop by Mississippi Mud Pottery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at First Unitarian Church.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Alton road trip planning tool.

Drive from Ottawa to Alton in 4 hours. In February, Alton is a bit warmer than Ottawa - with highs of 6°C and lows of -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Alton

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

3
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Springfield

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Explore Springfield's surroundings by going to Bloomington (McLean County Museum of History & BEER NUTS), Children's Discovery Museum (in Normal) and Atlanta (Atlanta Public Library & Memories: Route 66 Museum). There's much more to do: get advice or help at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, get engrossed in the history at Union Station - Lincoln from History to Hollywood, identify plant and animal life at Lincoln Memorial Garden, and get outside with lake of the woods county park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Springfield tour builder tool.

You can drive from Alton to Springfield in 2 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Springfield can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rock Island.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums · Outdoors · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

2
nights
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 12th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Atomic Cannon, then look for gifts at John Deere Store, then see the interesting displays at Hauberg Museum, and finally try your luck at Jumer's Casino Rock Island. On your second day here, examine the collection at Discovery Depot Children's Museum and then get a new perspective on nature at Fryxell Geology Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rock Island trip planner.

You can drive from Springfield to Rock Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Springfield in February; daily highs in Rock Island reach 1°C and lows reach -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Galena.

Things to do in Rock Island

Museums · Casinos · Fun & Games · Shopping

Side Trips

2
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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. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., then gain interesting insight with a heritage tour, and finally pause for some photo ops at Galena Veterans Memorial Park. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Great American Popcorn Company, then hit the slopes at Chestnut Mountain Resort, then take an in-depth tour of Stockton Heritage Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Galena road trip planning tool.

Getting from Rock Island to Galena by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rock Island in February: highs in Galena hover around -1°C, while lows dip to -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Rockford.

Things to do in Galena

Parks · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Side Trips

2
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Rockford

Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. On the 16th (Tue), have fun and explore at Discovery Center Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Anderson Japanese Gardens, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Sinnissippi Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rockford trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Galena to Rockford takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in February, and nighttime lows around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

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.