30 days in Illinois Itinerary

30 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois trip planner

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Makanda
— 3 nights
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Alton
— 3 nights
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Springfield
— 3 nights
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Peoria
— 4 nights
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Galena
— 4 nights
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Rockford
— 3 nights
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Waukegan
— 2 nights
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Chicago
— 7 nights
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Makanda

— 3 nights
Makanda is a village in Jackson County, Illinois, United States. Explore Makanda's surroundings by going to Mound City National Cemetery (in Mound City), U.S. Custom House (in Cairo) and Mermet Springs Scuba (in Vienna). There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour, learn about winemaking at Hickory Ridge Vineyard, look for gifts at Makanda Trading Company, and trek along Pomona Natural Bridge.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Makanda tour app.

Columbus to Makanda is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Columbus to Makanda due to the time zone difference. In November, daily temperatures in Makanda can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Alton.

Things to do in Makanda

Outdoors · Wineries · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Alton

— 3 nights
Alton is a city on the Mississippi River in Madison County, Illinois, United States, about 15mi north of St. Change things up with these side-trips from Alton: Kruta Bakery (in Collinsville), National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows (in Belleville) and Eversgerd’s Civil War Fort (in Germantown). The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Great Rivers Scenic Route, get engrossed in the history at Beall Mansion Tour, admire the engineering at Melvin Price Locks and Dam, and examine the collection at National Great Rivers Museum.

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Traveling by car from Makanda to Alton takes 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Alton are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Alton

Museums · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Springfield

— 3 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rock Springs Conservation Area & Nature Center (in Decatur) and Beachy's Bulk Foods (in Arthur). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House, and admire the landmark architecture of Elijah Iles House.

Start your trip to Springfield by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Alton to Springfield takes 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Springfield can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Peoria.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Peoria

— 4 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Peoria: Busey Woods (in Urbana), Normal (Children's Discovery Museum & University Galleries of Illinois State University) and Larry Kanfer Photography (in Champaign).

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Peoria trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Springfield to Peoria by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in November, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Galena.

Things to do in Peoria

Museums · Outdoors · Shopping · Classes

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. Explore Galena's surroundings by going to Fulton (Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area & Windmill Cultural Center) and Stockton Heritage Museum (in Stockton). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, get engrossed in the history at Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum, and view the masterpieces at Outside the Lines Art Gallery Galena.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Galena trip planner.

Drive from Peoria to Galena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Traveling from Peoria in November, expect Galena to be little chillier, temps between 45°F and 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rockford.

Things to do in Galena

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rockford: White Pines Forest State Park (in Mount Morris), DeKalb (Ellwood House Museum & Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.) and The Eagle's Nest Art Colony Collection (in Oregon). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Historical Auto Attractions, tour the pleasant surroundings at Stone Bridge Trail, and admire the natural beauty at Anderson Japanese Gardens.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rockford tour itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Galena to Rockford in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in November, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Waukegan.

Things to do in Rockford

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Waukegan

— 2 nights
Waukegan is a city and the county seat of Lake County, Illinois, United States. On the 22nd (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baha'i House of Worship, take in the pleasant sights at Chicago Botanic Garden, and then take a peaceful walk through Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): cool off at Six Flags Great America, delve into the lush surroundings at Lake County Forest Preserves, and then get a new perspective on things with WindyCitySalmon.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Waukegan holiday builder website.

Getting from Rockford to Waukegan by car takes about 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Waukegan can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Waukegan

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

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, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, meet the residents at Lincoln Park Zoo, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, and take a leisurely stroll along Navy Pier.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Chicago road trip tool.

Getting from Waukegan to Chicago by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in November, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

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.