28 days in Illinois Itinerary

28 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois vacation maker

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Fly to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Drive to Saint Charles
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Saint Charles
— 4 nights
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Galena
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dixon
— 5 nights
Drive
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Peoria
— 4 nights
Drive
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Springfield
— 5 nights
Drive
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Chicago
— 5 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Exeter

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Saint Charles

— 4 nights
St. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint Charles: St. Joseph Catholic Church (in Joliet), Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. (in DeKalb) and Illinois Railway Museum (in Union). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Cantigny Park, grab your bike and head to Illinois Prairie Path, admire the natural beauty at Anderson Japanese Gardens, and examine the collection at Historical Auto Attractions.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Saint Charles travel route tool.

Exeter, UK to Saint Charles is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Exeter to Saint Charles. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Galena.

Things to do in Saint Charles

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Galena

— 3 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. Step out of Galena to go to Stockton and see Stockton Heritage Museum, which is approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., take an in-depth tour of Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum, pause for some photo ops at Galena Veterans Memorial Park, and steep yourself in history at Ulysses S. Grant Home.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Galena trip planner.

You can drive from Saint Charles to Galena in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dixon.

Things to do in Galena

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Spas

Side Trips

Dixon

— 5 nights
Dixon is a city and county seat of Lee County, Illinois, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Hennepin Canal State Park (in Sheffield), Oscar Taylor Home (in Freeport) and Utica (Matthiessen State Park & Starved Rock State Park). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of John Deere Historic Site, don't miss a visit to Dixon's Railroad Street Arches, pause for some photo ops at Bureau County Soldiers and Sailors Monument, and examine the collection at The Eagle's Nest Art Colony Collection.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dixon trip planner.

Drive from Galena to Dixon in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Dixon are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Peoria.

Things to do in Dixon

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Peoria

— 4 nights
Explore Peoria's surroundings by going to Funks Grove Church & Chapel in the Trees (in McLean), Pontiac (Livingston County War Museum, Route 66 Shield Mural, &more) and Bloomington (David Davis Mansion State Historic Site & Constitution Trail).

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Peoria trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Dixon to Peoria takes 2 hours. August in Peoria sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Peoria

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Springfield

— 5 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Springfield: Lake Lou Yaeger (in Litchfield), The 1820 Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House (in Edwardsville) and Memories: Route 66 Museum (in Atlanta). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, get a sense of history and politics at Old State Capitol, and explore the galleries of Lincoln Home National Historic Site.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Springfield day trip app.

Traveling by car from Peoria to Springfield takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Springfield are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Chicago

— 5 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, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll around Millennium Park, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shedd Aquarium.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago trip planner.

You can drive from Springfield to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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.