30 days in Illinois Itinerary

30 days in Illinois Itinerary

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Saint Charles
— 4 nights
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Rockford
— 4 nights
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Galena
— 3 nights
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Springfield
— 4 nights
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Makanda
— 4 nights
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Casey
— 3 nights
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Chicago
— 7 nights

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Saint Charles

Saint Charles ©
St. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint Charles: Arlington Park (in Arlington Heights), Morton Arboretum (in Lisle) and 60 to Escape (in Gurnee). There's still lots to do: let your taste buds guide you at Naperville Bites and Sites Food Tours, head outdoors with Mount Saint Mary Park, explore the landscape on two wheels at Illinois Prairie Path, and relax and rejuvenate at SaltTreeYoga.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Saint Charles online road trip planner.

Pittsburgh to Saint Charles is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Pittsburgh to Saint Charles due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Saint Charles are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rockford.

Things to do in Saint Charles

Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Wheaton, SaltTreeYoga, Arlington Park, Morton Arboretum, Maple Street Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Naperville Bites and Sites Food Tours ©
Naperville Bites and Sites Food Tours
Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. ©
Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.
60 to Escape ©
60 to Escape

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Rockford

Rockford ©
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Rockford: Freeport (Krape Park & Oscar Taylor Home), Dixon (Veterans Memorial Park, Dixon's Railroad Street Arches, &more) and Barnacopia (in Polo). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Anderson Japanese Gardens, examine the collection at The Eagle's Nest Art Colony Collection, stroll through Stone Bridge Trail, and identify plant and animal life at Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rockford road trip planning website.

Drive from Saint Charles to Rockford in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Rockford can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Galena.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Dixon, Freeport, Roscoe, Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve, The Eagle's Nest Art Colony Collection
Highlights from your plan
Anderson Japanese Gardens ©
Anderson Japanese Gardens
Historical Auto Attractions ©
Historical Auto Attractions
Krape Park ©
Krape Park

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Galena

Galena ©
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 Fulton (Windmill Cultural Center & De Immigrant Windmill) and Stockton Heritage Museum (in Stockton). And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on Long Hollow Canopy Tours, sample the fine beverages at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., examine the collection at The Old Blacksmith Shop, and view the masterpieces at River Bend Gallery.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Galena online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Rockford to Galena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In June in Galena, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Springfield.

Things to do in Galena

Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Fulton, Great River Trail, Stockton Heritage Museum
Highlights from your plan
Long Hollow Canopy Tours ©
Long Hollow Canopy Tours
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. ©
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.
Ulysses S. Grant Home ©
Ulysses S. Grant Home

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Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Get out of town with these interesting Springfield side-trips: Great Rivers Scenic Route (in Alton) and Mahomet (Museum of the Grand Prairie & lake of the woods county park). There's much more to do: get advice or help at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House, take an in-depth tour of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, and snap pictures at Sugar Creek Covered Bridge.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Springfield trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Galena to Springfield by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and bus; or fly. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Galena in June: high temperatures in Springfield hover around 85°F and lows are around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Makanda.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mahomet, Great Rivers Scenic Route, Sugar Creek Covered Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Memorial Garden ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©
Lincoln Home National Historic Site

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Makanda

Makanda ©
Makanda is a village in Jackson County, Illinois, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Makanda: Henry N Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center (in Cypress), Mermet Springs Scuba (in Vienna) and Cache River State Natural Area (in Belknap). And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour, do a tasting at Blue Sky Vineyard, steep yourself in history at U.S. Custom House, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Mound City National Cemetery.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Makanda visit planner.

You can drive from Springfield to Makanda in 3.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Casey.

Things to do in Makanda

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Pomona, Alto Pass, Lincoln Heritage Winery, Shawnee Hills, Henry N Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center
Highlights from your plan
Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour ©
Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour
Pomona Natural Bridge ©
Pomona Natural Bridge
Mound City National Cemetery ©
Mound City National Cemetery

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Casey

Casey ©
Casey is a city in Clark and Cumberland counties in the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Marshall (Lincoln Trail State Park & Castle Finn Vineyard & Winery) and Heath Candy Bar Museum (in Robinson). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to World's Largest Mailbox, steep yourself in history at Lincoln Log Cabin, and look for gifts at Casey's Candy Depot.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Casey visit planner.

Getting from Makanda to Casey by car takes about 3 hours. June in Casey sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Casey

Outdoors · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Marshall, Lincoln Log Cabin, Heath Candy Bar Museum
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Trail State Park ©
Lincoln Trail State Park
World's Largest Mailbox ©
World's Largest Mailbox
World Largest Wind Chime ©
World Largest Wind Chime

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Chicago

Chicago ©
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, engage your brain at Field Museum, take in the waterfront at Navy Pier, and meet the residents at Lincoln Park Zoo.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago day trip app.

Getting from Casey to Chicago by car takes about 3.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Oak Park
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park
Millennium Park
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

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