22 days in Illinois Itinerary

22 days in Illinois Itinerary

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Chicago
— 11 nights
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Rockford
— 4 nights
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Galena
— 2 nights
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Utica
— 2 nights
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Springfield
— 1 night
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Harrisburg
— 1 night

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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Visiting Lakefront Trail and Chicago River will get you outdoors. For shopping fun, head to Lincoln Park or Historic Third Ward. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chicago: Atwater Park & Beach (in Shorewood), Chesterton (Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve, Indiana Dunes State Park, &more) and Milwaukee (Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee Art Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: visit The Loop, admire the masterpieces at Richard H. Driehaus Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Chicago Riverwalk.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Chicago tour itinerary planner.

Pittsburgh to Chicago is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Pittsburgh to Chicago. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rockford.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Milwaukee, Saint Joseph, South Bend, Racine, Chesterton
Highlights from your plan
Chicago Riverwalk ©
Chicago Riverwalk
Silver Beach County Park ©
Silver Beach County Park
Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail

4
nights
Rockford

Rockford ©
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. Step out of the city life by going to Lake Geneva Ziplines & Adventures and Geneva Lake Shore Path. Explore hidden gems such as Anderson Japanese Gardens and Rotary Botanical Gardens. Change things up with these side-trips from Rockford: Chocolate Museum (in Burlington), Williams Bay (Williams Bay Beach & Kishwauketoe Conservancy) and Lake Geneva (Geneva National Resort & Club, Aerial Adventures, &more). There's more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at White River State Trail.

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Drive from Chicago to Rockford in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Galena.

Things to do in Rockford

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Lake Geneva, Williams Bay, Chocolate Museum, White River State Trail, Rotary Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Anderson Japanese Gardens ©
Anderson Japanese Gardens
Lake Geneva Ziplines & Adventures ©
Lake Geneva Ziplines & Adventures
Geneva Lake ©
Geneva Lake

2
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. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): indulge your taste buds at Massbach Ridge Tasting Room, get engrossed in the history at Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum, contemplate the long history of Dowling House, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then contemplate the long history of Ulysses S. Grant Home, and finally deepen your understanding of the past and present with a heritage tour. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Savanna Train Car Museum, make a trip to Galena Veterans Memorial Park, then steep yourself in history at Belvedere Mansion, then fly down the slopes at Chestnut Mountain Resort, and finally stop by Jamie's Wine Studio.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Galena sightseeing planning 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. In June, daily temperatures in Galena can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Utica.

Things to do in Galena

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Savanna Train Car Museum
Highlights from your plan
Ulysses S. Grant Home ©
Ulysses S. Grant Home
Chestnut Mountain Resort ©
Chestnut Mountain Resort

2
nights
Utica

Utica ©
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Westclox Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Matthiessen State Park, admire the majestic nature at Starved Rock State Park, then stop by Mix's Trading Post, and finally walk around Allen Park. On your second day here, admire the majestic nature at Illini State Park, then see the interesting displays at IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum, then immerse yourself in nature at Buffalo Rock State Park, and finally walk around LaSalle Rotary Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Utica holiday maker app.

Traveling by car from Galena to Utica takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. June in Utica sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Utica

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Ottawa, LaSalle Rotary Park, Westclox Museum, IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum, Illini State Park
Highlights from your plan
Matthiessen State Park ©
Matthiessen State Park
Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park
IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum ©

1
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Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House, ponder the world of politics at Old State Capitol, see the interesting displays at Illinois State Museum, don't miss a visit to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, then take an in-depth tour of Union Station - Lincoln from History to Hollywood, and finally contemplate the long history of Sugar Creek Covered Bridge.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Springfield trip planner.

You can drive from Utica to Springfield in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight. In June, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Harrisburg.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Sugar Creek Covered Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Illinois State Museum ©
Illinois State Museum
Old State Capitol ©
Old State Capitol

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Harrisburg

Harrisburg ©
Harrisburg is a city in and the county seat of Saline County, Illinois, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Little Grand Canyon and then identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Harrisburg trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Springfield to Harrisburg by car takes about 3.5 hours. June in Harrisburg sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Harrisburg

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Little Grand Canyon
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

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