22 days in Illinois Itinerary

22 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois holiday planner

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Springfield
— 3 nights
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Collinsville
— 2 nights
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Marion
— 2 nights
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Champaign
— 2 nights
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Peoria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Galena
— 2 nights
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Dixon
— 3 nights
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Chicago
— 5 nights
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Springfield

— 3 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Change things up with these side-trips from Springfield: Decatur (Sand Creek Conservation Area & Rock Springs Conservation Area & Nature Center). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, stroll through Washington Park, contemplate the long history of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, and stroll around Union Square Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Springfield trip itinerary maker app.

Los Angeles to Springfield is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, expect Springfield to be slightly colder, temps between 65°F and 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Collinsville.

Things to do in Springfield

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Collinsville

— 2 nights
Collinsville is a city located mainly in Madison County, and partially in St. On the 5th (Sun), stroll around Silver Lake Park, make a trip to Soulsby Service Station, and then take a memorable drive along Great Rivers Scenic Route. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Braeutigam Orchards, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Eagle Cliff - Miles Cemetery, and then relax in the rural setting at Willoughby Heritage Farm and Conservation Reserve.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Collinsville trip planner.

You can drive from Springfield to Collinsville in 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Marion.

Things to do in Collinsville

Scenic Drive · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marion

— 2 nights
Marion is a city in and the county seat of Williamson County, Illinois, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Henry N Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shawnee Hills, and then walk around Boo Rochman Memorial Park. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, then identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Rim Rock Recreation Trail.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Marion online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Collinsville to Marion takes 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Marion are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Champaign.

Things to do in Marion

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Champaign

— 2 nights
Champaign is a city in Champaign County, Illinois, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take a peaceful walk through Homer Lake Forest Preserve, hike along Busey Woods, and then get outside with lake of the woods county park. On your second day here, shop like a local with Larry Kanfer Photography, stroll around Centennial Park Champaign, then take an in-depth tour of Champaign County History Museum, and finally stroll around Crystal Lake Park - Lake House.

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Drive from Marion to Champaign in 3 hours. Traveling from Marion in April, expect little chillier with lows of 41°F in Champaign. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Peoria.

Things to do in Champaign

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Peoria

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): get a sense of history and politics at Metamora Courthouse, take a memorable drive along Grand View Drive, then don't miss a visit to Sculpture Walk Peoria, and finally examine the collection at Catholic Diocese of Peoria Museums. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Wheels O' Time Museum, see the interesting displays at Memories: Route 66 Museum, and then get your game on at Vectorman's Arcadia: America's Playable Arcade Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Peoria planner.

Traveling by car from Champaign to Peoria takes 1.5 hours. In April in Peoria, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Galena.

Things to do in Peoria

Museums · Fun & Games · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Galena

— 2 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. On the 13th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Stockton Heritage Museum, take an in-depth tour of Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum, and then stop by FiberWild!. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Grant Park, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., then contemplate the long history of Washburne House State Historic Site, and finally appreciate the history behind Galena Veterans Memorial Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Galena trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Peoria to Galena in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, ferry, and car; or fly. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Peoria in April, with highs in Galena at 56°F and lows at 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Dixon.

Things to do in Galena

Museums · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trip

Dixon

— 3 nights
Dixon is a city and county seat of Lee County, Illinois, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Dixon: Starved Rock State Park (in Utica), Baker Lake Park (in Peru) and Hennepin Canal State Park (in Sheffield). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Old Settlers Memorial Cabin, contemplate the long history of Dillon Home Museum, stroll around Sinnissippi Park, and relax in the rural setting at Selmi's Greenhouse and Farm Market.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Dixon road trip app.

Traveling by car from Galena to Dixon takes 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Dixon can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Dixon

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Chicago

— 5 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, laugh and play at Navy Pier, and walk around Millennium Park.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago day trip planner.

Drive from Dixon to Chicago in 2 hours. April in Chicago sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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.