21 days in Illinois Itinerary

21 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois holiday planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

21 days in Illinois Itinerary

Start: Springfield
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
Utica
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Chicago
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Rockford
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Galena
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Peoria
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Collinsville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Springfield
— 4 nights
End: Springfield

1
night
Utica

Utica ©
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Cedar Creek Ranch and then admire the majestic nature at Starved Rock State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Shabbona Lake State Park and then enjoy some diversion at The Sandwich Fair.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Utica trip planner .

Springfield to Utica is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Utica

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Shabbona Lake State Park, Cedar Creek Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park
Shabbona Lake State Park ©
Shabbona Lake State Park
Cedar Creek Ranch ©
Cedar Creek Ranch

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, explore and take pictures at Wrigley Field, get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, and meet the residents at Lincoln Park Zoo.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Chicago driving holiday planner .

Getting from Utica to Chicago by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rockford.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Wrigley Field ©
Wrigley Field

1
night
Rockford

Rockford ©
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at CherryVale Mall, then explore and take pictures at Rockford Speedway, and then admire the natural beauty at Anderson Japanese Gardens.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Rockford vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Rockford takes 2 hours. Traveling from Chicago in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rockford, with lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Galena.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Rockford Speedway
Highlights from your plan
Anderson Japanese Gardens ©
Anderson Japanese Gardens
Rockford Speedway ©
Rockford Speedway
CherryVale Mall ©
CherryVale Mall

3
nights
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park (in Lena), Mississippi Palisades State Park (in Savanna) and Apple River Canyon State Park (in Apple River). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Ulysses S. Grant Home, view the masterpieces at River Bend Gallery, admire the striking features of Market House State Historic, and look for gifts at Galena Cellars Winery & Vineyard.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Galena trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rockford to Galena takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Galena are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Peoria.

Things to do in Galena

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Fergedaboudit Vineyard & Winery, Mississippi Palisades State Park, Apple River Canyon State Park, Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park ©
Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. ©
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.
Ulysses S. Grant Home ©
Ulysses S. Grant Home

2
nights
Peoria

Peoria ©
Peoria is a city in and the county seat of Peoria County, Illinois, United States, and the largest city on the Illinois River. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): ponder the world of politics at Metamora Courthouse, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Luthy Botanical Garden, and then experience rural life at Christ Apple Orchard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of McLean County Museum of History, have fun and explore at Children's Discovery Museum, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Eastland Mall.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Peoria online trip builder .

You can drive from Galena to Peoria in 3 hours. Traveling from Galena in September, you will find days in Peoria are a bit warmer (81°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Collinsville.

Things to do in Peoria

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Bloomington, Christ Apple Orchard, Children's Discovery Museum, Metamora Courthouse
Highlights from your plan
McLean County Museum of History ©
McLean County Museum of History
Christ Apple Orchard ©
Christ Apple Orchard
Metamora Courthouse ©
Metamora Courthouse

2
nights
Collinsville

Collinsville ©
Collinsville is a city located mainly in Madison County, and partially in St. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): see human ingenuity at work at Melvin Price Locks and Dam, take in nature's colorful creations at The Gardens at SIUE, then look for gifts at St. Clair Square, and finally experience rural life at Willoughby Heritage Farms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): enjoy some diversion at Monkey Joes, steep yourself in history at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, and then admire all the interesting features of Pere Marquette State Park.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Collinsville day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Peoria to Collinsville takes 2.5 hours. In September in Collinsville, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Collinsville

Parks Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Fairview Heights, Pere Marquette State Park, Melvin Price Locks and Dam, The Gardens at SIUE
Highlights from your plan
Melvin Price Locks and Dam ©
Melvin Price Locks and Dam
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site ©
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
The Gardens at SIUE ©
The Gardens at SIUE

4
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Step out of Springfield with an excursion to Lincolns New Salem State Park in Petersburg--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: get your bearings at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, don't miss a visit to Rees Memorial Carillon, contemplate the long history of Vachel Lindsay Home, and admire the landmark architecture of Elijah Iles House.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Springfield online route planner .

Traveling by car from Collinsville to Springfield takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in September, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Lincolns New Salem State Park
Highlights from your plan
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Lincoln Memorial Garden ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden

Similar Plans

49 days in Illinois BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 30 days in Illinois BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 4 days in Illinois BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 2 days in Illinois BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in Illinois BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 2 days in Illinois BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Illinois BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans