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
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Makanda — 3 nights

Makanda is a village in Jackson County, Illinois, United States. Explore Makanda's surroundings by going to Mermet Springs Scuba (in Vienna), U.S. Custom House (in Cairo) and Mound City National Cemetery (in Mound City). The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour, do a tasting at StarView Vineyards, look for gifts at Makanda Trading Company, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pomona Natural Bridge.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Makanda online trip itinerary maker.

Columbus to Makanda is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You can also drive. Traveling from Columbus to Makanda, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November in Makanda, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Alton.
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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: Eversgerd’s Civil War Fort (in Germantown), Kruta Bakery (in Collinsville) and National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows (in Belleville). The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Great Rivers Scenic Route, admire the engineering at Melvin Price Locks and Dam, get engrossed in the history at The 1820 Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House, and examine the collection at National Great Rivers Museum.

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Traveling by car from Makanda to Alton takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. 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.
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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.

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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.
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Peoria — 4 nights

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

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Traveling by car from Springfield to Peoria takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Peoria sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 33°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Galena.
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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 Stockton Heritage Museum (in Stockton) and Fulton (Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area & Windmill Cultural Center). 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 Galena Center for the Arts.

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 drive; or do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. 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.
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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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rockford: DeKalb (Ellwood House Museum & Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.), White Pines Forest State Park (in Mount Morris) and The Eagle's Nest Art Colony Collection (in Oregon). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Historic Auto Attractions, see the interesting displays at Barnacopia, trek along Stone Bridge Trail, and take in nature's colorful creations at Anderson Japanese Gardens.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rockford journey maker site.

Drive from Galena to Rockford in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or 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.
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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.
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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 sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. 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.
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Illinois travel guide

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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.
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