22 days in Illinois Itinerary

22 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Drive to Rockford
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Rockford
— 4 nights
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Galena
— 4 nights
Drive
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Springfield
— 3 nights
Drive
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Utica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chicago
— 7 nights
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Rockford

— 4 nights
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Rockford side-trips: Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. (in DeKalb), Dixon (Veterans' Memorial Arch, Dixon's Railroad Street Arches, &more) and Oscar Taylor Home (in Freeport). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Historical Auto Attractions, identify plant and animal life at Three Oaks Recreation Area, hike along Stone Bridge Trail, and admire the natural beauty at Anderson Japanese Gardens.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rockford trip maker website.

Manchester, UK to Rockford is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in July; daily highs in Rockford reach 33°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Galena.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Galena

— 4 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 (Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area & Windmill Cultural Center), Thomson Causeway Recreation Area (in Thomson) and Timber Lake Playhouse (in Mount Carroll). There's lots more to do: sample the fine beverages at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., take an in-depth tour of Stockton Heritage Museum, identify plant and animal life at Horseshoe Mound, and contemplate the long history of Washburne House State Historic Site.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Galena day trip tool.

You can drive from Rockford to Galena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Galena

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Springfield

— 3 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Springfield is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, contemplate the long history of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, and get a sense of history and politics at Old State Capitol.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Springfield itinerary builder website.

Getting from Galena to Springfield by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and bus; or fly. 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 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Utica.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Trails

Utica

— 3 nights
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: Princeton (Bureau County Soldiers and Sailors Monument & Red Covered Bridge), Hennepin Canal State Park (in Sheffield) and Standard Oil Gas Station (in Odell). The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at SaltTreeYoga, walk around Washington Square Park, see the interesting displays at IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum, and learn about all things military at Livingston County War Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Utica road trip planning website.

Getting from Springfield to Utica by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Utica can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Utica

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Chicago

— 7 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: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, stroll around Millennium Park, get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from 360 Chicago Observation Deck.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip maker tool.

Drive from Utica to Chicago in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. August in Chicago sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks

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.