22 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois vacation planner
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Chicago
— 5 nights
Drive
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Pontiac
— 2 nights
Drive
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Springfield
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nauvoo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Galena
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rockford
— 3 nights
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Chicago — 5 nights

Windy City

Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chicago Riverwalk and Buckingham Fountain. Popular historic sites such as Riverwalk Lot and Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, try out the rides at Navy Pier, take in the spiritual surroundings of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, and engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Chicago trip itinerary planning app.

Berlin, Germany to Chicago is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Berlin to Chicago is minus 7 hours. May in Chicago sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Pontiac.
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Pontiac — 2 nights

On the 2nd (Fri), examine the collection at Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum, then examine the collection at Museum of the Gilding Arts, then examine the collection at IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum, and finally make a trip to Route 66 Shield Mural. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. Tasting Room, immerse yourself in nature at Starved Rock State Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Matthiessen State Park.

To see photos and tourist information, refer to the Pontiac trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Pontiac takes 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Pontiac can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Springfield.
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Springfield — 5 nights

Flower City

You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dana-Thomas House and Old State Capitol. Get some cultural insight at Lincolns New Salem State Park and Edwards Place Historic Home. Change things up with these side-trips from Springfield: Peoria (Catholic Diocese of Peoria Museums, Caterpillar Visitors Center, &more) and Atlanta Public Library (in Atlanta). There's lots more to do: engage your brain at Illinois State Museum, get lost in a book at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, take an in-depth tour of The Lincoln Home Visitor Center, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Camp Butler National Cemetery.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Springfield travel route planner.

You can drive from Pontiac to Springfield in 2 hours. June in Springfield sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nauvoo.
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Nauvoo — 2 nights

On the 9th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Historic Nauvoo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nauvoo Temple, and then do a tasting at Press House Winery. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carthage Jail, steep yourself in history at Joseph Smith Historic Site, then contemplate the long history of Brigham Young Home, and finally steep yourself in history at Nauvoo State Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nauvoo travel app.

You can drive from Springfield to Nauvoo in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Galena.
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Galena — 4 nights

Explore hidden gems such as Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. and Ghost & Vampire Tours. Get some cultural insight at Ulysses S. Grant Home and Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Galena: Rock Island (Jumer's Casino Rock Island & Fryxell Geology Museum), Fulton (Heritage Canyon & De Immigrant Windmill) and Stockton Heritage Museum (in Stockton).

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Galena travel route planner.

Getting from Nauvoo to Galena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Nauvoo in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Galena, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Rockford.
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Rockford — 3 nights

Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Anderson Japanese Gardens, explore the engaging exhibits at Discovery Center Museum, and then learn about winemaking at Prairie States Winery. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of John Deere Historic Site, examine the collection at Barnacopia, and then stroll through Stone Bridge Trail.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rockford route app.

Getting from Galena to Rockford by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
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Illinois travel guide

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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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