19 days in United States Itinerary

19 days in United States Itinerary

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19 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Russell
1
Russell
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Chicago
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Oak Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Springfield
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Russell

9
nights
Russell

Russell ©
Russell is an unincorporated community in Lake County, Illinois, United States. Russell is known for museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at Russell Military Museum and putt your heart out at Kristof's Entertainment Center.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Russell visit site .

If you are flying in from Russia, the closest major airports are Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Chicago Midway International Airport and General Mitchell International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in November, and nighttime lows around 0°C. You'll set off for Chicago on the 30th (Sat).

Things to do in Russell

Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

Kristof's Entertainment Center
Highlights from your plan
Kristof's Entertainment Center ©
Kristof's Entertainment Center
Russell Military Museum ©
Russell Military Museum

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Michigan. On the 1st (Sun), explore the activities along Lake Michigan, learn more about the world around you at Field Museum, stroll around Millennium Park, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate. Here are some ideas for day two: observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, then get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, then ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain, and finally make a trip to Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

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Getting from Russell to Chicago by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Oak Park.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Lake Michigan
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

3
nights
Oak Park

Oak Park ©
Oak Park is a village adjacent to the West Side of the city of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, then admire the striking features of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Brookfield Zoo, and finally get lost in a book at Oak Park Public Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Morton Arboretum, contemplate the long history of Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, and then look for gifts at Assi Plaza.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Oak Park road trip planner.

Oak Park is very close to Chicago. In December in Oak Park, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Oak Park

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Brookfield Zoo, Morton Arboretum, Rivers Casino, Assi Plaza
Highlights from your plan
Morton Arboretum ©
Morton Arboretum
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio ©
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace ©
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace

4
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Explore Springfield's surroundings by going to Hannibal (Rockcliffe Mansion & Mark Twain Boyhood Home). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, stroll around Union Square Park, and get a sense of history and politics at Illinois State Capitol.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Springfield travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Oak Park to Springfield by car takes about 3.5 hours. December in Springfield sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C at night. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hannibal
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Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Lincoln Memorial Garden ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden