24 days in Illinois Itinerary

24 days in Illinois Itinerary

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24 days in Illinois Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
1
Rockford
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Chicago
— 11 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Springfield
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Doha

7
nights
Rockford

Rockford ©
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ulysses S. Grant Home and Fergedaboudit Vineyard & Winery. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Galena Garlic and Tom's Farm Market and Greenhouse. Venture out of the city with trips to Utica (August Hill Winery Tasting Room, Starved Rock State Park, & more), White Pines Forest State Park (in Mount Morris) and Shabbona Lake State Park (in Shabbona). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Mississippi Palisades State Park, hike along Jane Addams Recreation Trail, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., and contemplate the long history of Apple River Fort.

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Doha, Qatar to Rockford is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Doha to Rockford is minus 9 hours. In December, Rockford is much colder than Doha - with highs of 0°C and lows of -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Utica, Galena, Fergedaboudit Vineyard & Winery, White Pines Forest State Park, Apple River Fort
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Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. ©
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.
Ulysses S. Grant Home ©
Ulysses S. Grant Home

11
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll get in some beach time at Centennial Beach and North Avenue Beach. Get some cultural insight at The Magnificent Mile and The Field Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Chicago side-trips: Illinois Beach State Park (in Zion), River Trail Nature Center (in Northbrook) and Elawa Farm (in Lake Forest). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lincoln Park Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at Oak Street Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohio Street Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Chicago online trip maker

You can drive from Rockford to Chicago in 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Rockford in December: high temperatures in Chicago hover around 4°C and lows are around -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Centennial Beach, Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, River Trail Nature Center, Illinois Beach State Park, Willow Crest Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
Field Museum ©
Field Museum

4
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Take a break from the city and head to Lincoln Home National Historic Site and Great Rivers Scenic Route. Get some cultural insight at Lincoln Memorial Garden and Dana-Thomas House. Step out of Springfield to go to Collinsville and see Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, admire the striking features of Elijah Iles House, get a sense of history and politics at Old State Capitol, and don't miss a visit to Rees Memorial Carillon.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Springfield tour itinerary maker website

Getting from Chicago to Springfield by combination of subway and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 4°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. On the 2nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Great Rivers Scenic Route, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden

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