28 days in Illinois Itinerary

28 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois trip builder

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Rockford
— 3 nights
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Galena
— 3 nights
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Ottawa
— 3 nights
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Peoria
— 3 nights
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Springfield
— 4 nights
Drive
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Makanda
— 7 nights
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Champaign
— 4 nights
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Rockford

— 3 nights
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. state of Illinois, the 171st most populous city in the United States, the largest city in Illinois outside of the Chicago metropolitan area, and the city of the 148th most populous metropolitan area in the United States. Explore Rockford's surroundings by going to Lake Geneva (Geneva Lake & Geneva Lake Shore Path).

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rockford journey planner.

Sanford to Rockford is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Sanford in July, expect Rockford to be a bit cooler, temps between 83°F and 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Galena.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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. Explore Galena's surroundings by going to Spring Green (The House on the Rock, Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center , &more). The adventure continues: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., contemplate the long history of Ulysses S. Grant Home, stroll around Grant Park, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Galena visit planning website.

Getting from Rockford to Galena by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. July in Galena sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ottawa.

Things to do in Galena

Parks · Museums · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ottawa

— 3 nights
Ottawa is a city located at the confluence of the navigable Illinois River and Fox River in LaSalle County, Illinois, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Ottawa: Raging Waves Waterpark (in Yorkville) and Pontiac (IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum & Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Starved Rock State Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at SaltTreeYoga, stroll around Washington Square Park, and stop by Starved Rock River Adventures.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ottawa trip planner.

Getting from Galena to Ottawa by car takes about 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Ottawa can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Peoria.

Things to do in Ottawa

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Peoria

— 3 nights
Explore Peoria's surroundings by going to Children's Discovery Museum (in Normal) and Miller Park Zoo (in Bloomington).

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Peoria journey planning app.

Drive from Ottawa to Peoria in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Peoria are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Springfield.

Things to do in Peoria

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Springfield

— 4 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Explore Springfield's surroundings by going to Hannibal (Mark Twain Cave and Cameron Cave & Rockcliffe Mansion (Tours)). There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, see the interesting displays at Illinois State Museum, contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Springfield trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Peoria to Springfield in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July in Springfield, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Makanda.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Makanda

— 7 nights
Makanda is a village in Jackson County, Illinois, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Makanda side-trips: Cache River State Natural Area (in Belknap), Vienna (Mermet Springs Scuba & Tunnel Hill State Trail) and Fort Defiance Park (in Cairo). There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour, do a tasting at Blue Sky Vineyard, stroll through Shawnee Hills, and look for gifts at Makanda Trading Company.

To find photos and more tourist information, read Makanda online trip builder.

You can drive from Springfield to Makanda in 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Champaign.

Things to do in Makanda

Wineries · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Champaign

— 4 nights
Champaign is a city in Champaign County, Illinois, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Champaign: Allerton Park & Retreat Center (in Monticello), Aikman Wildlife Adventure (in Arcola) and Casey (World Largest Wind Chime, World's Largest Rocking Chair, &more). The adventure continues: make a splash at Sholem Aquatic Center, walk around Centennial Park Champaign, let the kids burn off some steam at Meadowbrook Park, and admire the masterpieces at Krannert Art Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Champaign holiday maker tool.

Drive from Makanda to Champaign in 3.5 hours. In July in Champaign, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 63°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Champaign

Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Museums

Side Trips

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.