22 days in Illinois Itinerary

22 days in Illinois Itinerary

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22 days in Illinois Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly + Drive:  27​h
1
Rockford
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Galena
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Peoria
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Springfield
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Utica
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Chicago
— 5 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Manila, Luzon

2
nights
Rockford

Rockford ©
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Rockford side-trips: Dixon (Dixon's Railroad Street Arches & Old Settlers Memorial Cabin), Freeport (Krape City Park, Oscar Taylor Home, & more) and Castle Rock State Park (in Oregon). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., admire the natural beauty at Anderson Japanese Gardens, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Stone Bridge Trail.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rockford holiday maker .

Manila, Philippines to Rockford is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manila to Rockford is minus 14 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Manila in August: high temperatures in Rockford hover around 32°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Galena.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Freeport, Dixon, Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., Stone Bridge Trail, Castle Rock State Park
Highlights from your plan
Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. ©
Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.
Anderson Japanese Gardens ©
Anderson Japanese Gardens
Jane Addams Recreation Trail ©
Jane Addams Recreation Trail

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 Thomson Causeway Recreation Area (in Thomson) and Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area (in Fulton). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., look for all kinds of wild species at Horseshoe Mound, take an in-depth tour of Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum, and examine the collection at The Old Blacksmith Shop.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Galena online attractions planner .

You can drive from Rockford to Galena in 2 hours. August in Galena sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Peoria.

Things to do in Galena

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Great River Trail, Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area, Thomson Causeway Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Thomson Causeway Recreation Area ©
Thomson Causeway Recreation Area
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. ©
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.
Ulysses S. Grant Home ©
Ulysses S. Grant Home

3
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. Change things up with these side-trips from Peoria: Bloomington (David Davis Mansion State Historic Site, Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, & more). Next up on the itinerary: ponder the world of politics at Metamora Courthouse, see the interesting displays at Wheels O' Time Museum, explore and take pictures at Dozer Park, and delve into the lush surroundings at Forest Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Peoria trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Galena to Peoria takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Springfield.

Things to do in Peoria

Outdoors Historic Sites Golf

Side Trips

Bloomington, Wheels O' Time Museum, Metamora Courthouse
Highlights from your plan
Wee Tee Golf Center ©
Wee Tee Golf Center
David Davis Mansion State Historic Site ©
Metamora Courthouse ©
Metamora Courthouse

3
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: take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, don't miss a visit to Rees Memorial Carillon, ponder the world of politics at Illinois State Capitol, and steep yourself in history at Old State Capitol.

To plan Springfield vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Peoria to Springfield takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Springfield can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Utica.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sugar Creek Covered Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©

3
nights
Utica

Utica ©
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Get out of town with these interesting Utica side-trips: Hennepin Canal State Park (in Sheffield), Johnson-Sauk Trail - State Recreation Area (in Kewanee) and Bureau County Soldiers and Sailors Monument (in Princeton). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Starved Rock State Park, examine the collection at Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum, learn about winemaking at August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. Tasting Room, and appreciate the history behind The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Utica online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Springfield to Utica in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi. In September in Utica, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Utica

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Pontiac, Bureau County Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Hennepin Canal State Park, The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial, Johnson-Sauk Trail - State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park
Matthiessen State Park ©
Matthiessen State Park
Hennepin Canal State Park ©
Hennepin Canal State Park

5
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, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, and admire all the interesting features of Wrigley Field.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago journey tool .

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 September in Chicago, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Wrigley Field ©
Wrigley Field

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