20 days in Springfield, Saint Louis & Chicago Itinerary

20 days in Springfield, Saint Louis & Chicago Itinerary

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20 days in Springfield, Saint Louis & Chicago Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Springfield
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Saint Louis
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Chicago
— 7 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Frankfurt

4
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Springfield is known for museums, historic sites, parks, zoos & aquariums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get advice or help at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Illinois State Capitol, take in nature's colorful creations at Lincoln Memorial Garden, and get to know the fascinating history of Lincoln Home National Historic Site.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Springfield trip builder site .

Frankfurt, Germany to Springfield is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Frankfurt to Springfield. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in March, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Walnut Street Winery
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Lincoln Memorial Garden ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House

7
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Explore Saint Louis' surroundings by going to Pinckney Bend Distillery (in New Haven), Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows (in Rhineland) and Iron Spike Model Train Museum (in Washington). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from The Gateway Arch, get to know the resident critters at Saint Louis Zoo, get your game on at Top Notch Axe Throwing St. Louis, and get lost in a book at The National Churchill Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Saint Louis trip planning site .

You can drive from Springfield to Saint Louis in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Saint Louis can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Audrain County Historical Museum, Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Pinckney Bend Distillery, Iron Spike Model Train Museum, Wood Hat Spirits Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
The Gateway Arch ©
The Gateway Arch
Saint Louis Zoo ©
Saint Louis Zoo

7
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lincoln Park Zoo, explore and take pictures at Millennium Park, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Saint Louis to Chicago takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In March, Chicago is slightly colder than Saint Louis - with highs of 8°C and lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Fun & Games Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Oak Park, Horseshoe Hammond
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

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