21 days in Illinois Itinerary

21 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois trip maker
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Chicago
— 6 nights
Fly
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Galena
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rockford
— 3 nights
Fly
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Springfield
— 4 nights
Drive
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Alton
— 3 nights
Drive to St Louis Lambert International Airport, Fly to Melbourne

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Chicago — 6 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, admire the striking features of 360 Chicago Observation Deck, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium.

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Melbourne, Australia to Chicago is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Melbourne to Chicago. Traveling from Melbourne in August, things will get much warmer in Chicago: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Galena.
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Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trip

Galena — 3 nights

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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galena: Fulton (De Immigrant Windmill & Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area). The adventure continues: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., indulge your taste buds at Massbach Ridge Tasting Room, examine the collection at The Old Blacksmith Shop, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Galena holiday builder tool.

Fly from Chicago to Galena in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Galena, with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rockford.
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Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature · Parks
Side Trip

Rockford — 3 nights

Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. state of Illinois, the 171st most populous city in the United States, the largest city in Illinois outside of the Chicago metropolitan area, and the city of the 148th most populous metropolitan area in the United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Rockford: John Deere Historic Site (in Grand Detour), Oscar Taylor Home (in Freeport) and Old Settlers Memorial Cabin (in Dixon). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Historic Auto Attractions and admire the natural beauty at Anderson Japanese Gardens.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rockford travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Galena to Rockford by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. September in Rockford sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Springfield.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Side Trips

Springfield — 4 nights

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 Grand View Drive (in Peoria) and Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site (in Mount Pulaski). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, ponder the world of politics at Old State Capitol, don't miss a visit to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, and steep yourself in history at Lincoln Home National Historic Site.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Springfield trip builder app.

You can drive from Rockford to Springfield in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Springfield can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Alton.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

Alton — 3 nights

Alton is a city on the Mississippi River in Madison County, Illinois, United States, about 15mi north of St. On the 12th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Beall Mansion Tour and then admire the engineering at Melvin Price Locks and Dam. Keep things going the next day: wander the wide-open spaces of Henry's Rabbit Ranch, take a memorable drive along Great Rivers Scenic Route, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at First Unitarian Church.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Alton trip planner.

Drive from Springfield to Alton in 2 hours. In September in Alton, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Side Trips

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.
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