30 days in Illinois & Atlanta Itinerary

30 days in Illinois & Atlanta Itinerary

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Rock Island
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Galena
— 5 nights
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Fulton
— 2 nights
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Mount Vernon
— 1 night
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Collinsville
— 1 night
Drive
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Springfield
— 4 nights
Drive
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Utica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chicago
— 4 nights
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Atlanta
— 7 nights
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Rock Island

— 1 day
Rock Island is a city in and the county seat of Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): gain insight at Quad City Botanical Center and then try to win big at Jumer's Casino Rock Island.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rock Island vacation maker site.

Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan to Rock Island is an approximately 144-hour travel. Traveling from Petra - Wadi Musa to Rock Island, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Rock Island can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Galena.

Things to do in Rock Island

Casinos · Fun & Games · Parks

Galena

— 5 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. You'll explore and learn at Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum and The Old Blacksmith Shop. Take a break from the city and head to Chestnut Mountain Resort and Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park. Step out of Galena to go to Elizabeth and see Massbach Ridge Winery, which is approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., stop by Jamie's Wine Studio, admire the landmark architecture of Market House State Historic, and contemplate the long history of Apple River Fort.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Galena tour builder tool.

Traveling by car from Rock Island to Galena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Rock Island, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Galena, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Fulton.

Things to do in Galena

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trips

Fulton

— 2 nights
Fulton is a city in Whiteside County, Illinois, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Heritage Canyon, then examine the collection at Windmill Cultural Center, and then contemplate the long history of De Immigrant Windmill.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Fulton trip planner.

Traveling by car from Galena to Fulton takes 1.5 hours. In September in Fulton, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Mount Vernon.

Things to do in Fulton

Historic Sites · Museums

Mount Vernon

— 1 night
Mount Vernon known as "The King City" is a city in and the county seat of Jefferson County, Illinois, United States. On the 9th (Sun), take in the pleasant sights at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Mount Vernon travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Fulton to Mount Vernon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Fulton in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mount Vernon: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Collinsville.

Things to do in Mount Vernon

Museums · Classes · Fun & Games

Collinsville

— 1 night
Collinsville is a city located mainly in Madison County, and partially in St. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center, then wander the wide-open spaces of Henry's Rabbit Ranch, and then contemplate the long history of Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. On your second day here, look for gifts at Kruta Bakery and then make a splash at Splash City Waterpark.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Collinsville online trip planner.

Getting from Mount Vernon to Collinsville by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Collinsville

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Springfield

— 4 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dana-Thomas House and Lincoln Home National Historic Site. Discover out-of-the-way places like Old State Capitol and Edwards Place Historic Home. Venture out of the city with trips to Beachy's Bulk Foods (in Arthur), Outlets at Tuscola (in Tuscola) and Lincolns New Salem State Park (in Petersburg). There's much more to do: make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, stop by Scheels, look for all kinds of wild species at Lincoln Memorial Garden, and steep yourself in history at Great Western Depot.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Springfield online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Collinsville to Springfield takes 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Springfield can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Utica.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Utica

— 3 nights
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. On the 16th (Sun), admire the majestic nature at Matthiessen State Park and then hike along Starved Rock State Park. On the next day, examine the collection at IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum, then see the interesting displays at Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum, and then examine the collection at International Wall Dog Mural and Sign Art Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Utica online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Springfield to Utica by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Utica

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Side Trip

Chicago

— 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll explore and learn at The Art Institute of Chicago and Field Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chicago Riverwalk and Buckingham Fountain. There's still lots to do: get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, catch a live event at Wrigley Field, and wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago travel route app.

You can drive from Utica to Chicago in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Atlanta.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Atlanta

— 7 nights

The Capital of the South

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park and Amicalola Falls State Park. Visit Little White House and Centennial Olympic Park for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Mercier Orchards (in Blue Ridge), Helen (Anna Ruby Falls & River Rafting & Tubing) and Jaemor Farms (in Alto). The adventure continues: examine the collection at World of Coca-Cola, meet the residents at Georgia Aquarium, look for gifts at The Lavender Cottage & Garden, and identify plant and animal life at Wild Animal Safari.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Atlanta trip builder website.

Fly from Chicago to Atlanta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Atlanta due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in September: high temperatures in Atlanta hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks · Nature · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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.