20 days in Chicago and Beyond Itinerary

20 days in Chicago and Beyond Itinerary

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20 days in Chicago and Beyond Itinerary

Start: Belo Horizonte
Fly:  25​h
1
Nauvoo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Dixon
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Ottawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Chicago
— 10 nights
Fly + bus:  22​h 45​min
End: Belo Horizonte

1
night
Nauvoo

Nauvoo ©
Nauvoo is a small city in Hancock County, Illinois, United States, on the Mississippi River near Fort Madison, Iowa. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nauvoo Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nauvoo State Park, and then deepen your understanding at Historic Nauvoo. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Rheinberger House Museum, then make a trip to Brigham Young Home, then steep yourself in history at Joseph Smith Historic Site, and finally learn about winemaking at Baxter's Vineyards.

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Belo Horizonte, Brazil to Nauvoo is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Belo Horizonte to Nauvoo. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Belo Horizonte in May, with highs in Nauvoo at 26°C and lows at 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Dixon.

Things to do in Nauvoo

Historic Sites Museums Wineries
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Historic Nauvoo ©
Historic Nauvoo
Nauvoo State Park ©
Nauvoo State Park
Joseph Smith Historic Site ©
Joseph Smith Historic Site

4
nights
Dixon

Dixon ©
Dixon is a city and county seat of Lee County, Illinois, United States. Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home and Loveland Community House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Jane Addams Recreation Trail and Castle Rock State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dixon: Freeport (Oscar Taylor Home & Oakdale Nature Preserve) and Lowden State Park (in Oregon). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Veterans Memorial Park, make a trip to Veterans' Memorial Arch, get outside with Dixon Riverfront Plaza, and immerse yourself in nature at White Pines Forest State Park.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Dixon trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Nauvoo to Dixon in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ottawa.

Things to do in Dixon

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Freeport, Oregon, White Pines Forest State Park
Highlights from your plan
Jane Addams Recreation Trail ©
Jane Addams Recreation Trail
Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home ©
Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home
White Pines Forest State Park ©
White Pines Forest State Park

2
nights
Ottawa

Ottawa ©
Ottawa is a city located at the confluence of the navigable Illinois River and Fox River in LaSalle County, Illinois, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Weber House and Garden, then admire the majestic nature at Matthiessen State Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Starved Rock State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a walk through Washington Square, get engrossed in the history at Hegeler Carus Mansion, then do a tasting at August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. Tasting Room, and finally steep yourself in history at Farnsworth House.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Ottawa travel route planning app .

Getting from Dixon to Ottawa by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May in Ottawa, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Ottawa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Utica, Weber House and Garden, Farnsworth House, Hegeler Carus Mansion
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Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park
Matthiessen State Park ©
Matthiessen State Park
Weber House and Garden ©
Weber House and Garden

10
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Take a break from the city and head to Lincoln Park Zoo and Cal Sag BikeTrail. Step off the beaten path and head to Chicago Riverwalk and Midway Village & Museum Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chicago: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (in Bartlett), Rockford (Anderson Japanese Gardens, Discovery Center Museum, & more) and Cantigny Park (in Wheaton). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, contemplate the long history of Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, and admire the striking features of Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicago online road trip planner .

Getting from Ottawa to Chicago by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Rockford, Oak Park, Lemont, Cantigny Park, Riverwalk Lot
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Cantigny Park ©
Cantigny Park
Riverwalk Lot ©
Riverwalk Lot