29 days in Illinois Itinerary

29 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois visit planner

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Rock Island
— 2 nights
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Galena
— 4 nights
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Makanda
— 3 nights
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Alton
— 3 nights
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Springfield
— 4 nights
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Peoria
— 3 nights
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Ottawa
— 2 nights
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Chicago
— 7 nights
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Rock Island

— 2 nights
Rock Island is a city in and the county seat of Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Dixon (Veterans' Memorial Arch, Dixon's Railroad Street Arches, &more) and Sinnissippi Park (in Sterling). There's much more to do: try your luck at Jumer's Casino Rock Island, pause for some photo ops at Atomic Cannon, and get a new perspective on nature at Fryxell Geology Museum.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rock Island road trip planning app.

San Francisco to Rock Island is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Francisco in April, with highs in Rock Island at 62°F and lows at 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Galena.

Things to do in Rock Island

Fun & Games · Museums · Parks · Casinos

Side Trips

Galena

— 4 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. Venture out of the city with trips to Fulton (Windmill Cultural Center & Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area), Stockton Heritage Museum (in Stockton) and Oscar Taylor Home (in Freeport). The adventure continues: sample the fine beverages at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., contemplate the long history of Ulysses S. Grant Home, stroll around Grant Park, and stop by FiberWild!.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Galena route tool.

Traveling by car from Rock Island to Galena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rock Island in April: highs in Galena hover around 56°F, while lows dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Makanda.

Things to do in Galena

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Makanda

— 3 nights
Makanda is a village in Jackson County, Illinois, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Makanda: Cache River State Natural Area (in Belknap) and Henry N Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center (in Cypress). There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour, appreciate the history behind Bald Knob Cross of Peace, learn about winemaking at Blue Sky Vineyard, and trek along Shawnee Hills.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Makanda trip planner.

You can drive from Galena to Makanda in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In April, Makanda is a bit warmer than Galena - with highs of 67°F and lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Alton.

Things to do in Makanda

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

Alton

— 3 nights
Alton is a city on the Mississippi River in Madison County, Illinois, United States, about 15mi north of St. Get out of town with these interesting Alton side-trips: National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows (in Belleville), Kruta Bakery (in Collinsville) and Eversgerd’s Civil War Fort (in Germantown). There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Great Rivers Scenic Route, see human ingenuity at work at Melvin Price Locks and Dam, deepen your understanding at Watershed Nature Center, and take an in-depth tour of The 1820 Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Alton day trip planning app.

Drive from Makanda to Alton in 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Alton are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Alton

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Scenic Drive

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Springfield: Champaign County History Museum (in Champaign), Meadowbrook Park (in Urbana) and Sand Creek Conservation Area (in Decatur). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, ponder the world of politics at Illinois State Capitol, contemplate the long history of Edwards Place Historic Home, and stop by Scheels.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Springfield trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Alton to Springfield takes 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Springfield are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Peoria.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Peoria

— 3 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Peoria: Bloomington (Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Beer Nuts, &more), Funks Grove Church & Chapel in the Trees (in McLean) and Atlanta (Memories: Route 66 Museum & Paul Bunyon Statue).

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Peoria trip planning site.

Drive from Springfield to Peoria in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Peoria are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ottawa.

Things to do in Peoria

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ottawa

— 2 nights
Ottawa is a city located at the confluence of the navigable Illinois River and Fox River in LaSalle County, Illinois, United States. On the 23rd (Fri), appreciate the history behind The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial, then get engrossed in the history at Westclox Museum, then hike along Starved Rock State Park, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at SaltTreeYoga. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Bureau County Historical Society Museum, pause for some photo ops at Bureau County Soldiers and Sailors Monument, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., and finally stroll around Washington Square Park.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ottawa trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Peoria to Ottawa in 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Ottawa can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Ottawa

Museums · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Chicago

— 7 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: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, take in panoramic vistas at 360 Chicago Observation Deck, engage your brain at Field Museum, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lincoln Park Zoo.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Chicago trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Ottawa to Chicago takes 1.5 hours. April in Chicago sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.