30 days in Illinois Itinerary

30 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois route planner

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Metropolis
— 2 nights
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Alton
— 3 nights
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Springfield
— 3 nights
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Peoria
— 3 nights
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Utica
— 1 night
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Waukegan
— 3 nights
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Chicago
— 6 nights
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Rock Island
— 2 nights
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Galena
— 3 nights
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Rockford
— 3 nights
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Metropolis

— 2 nights
Metropolis is a city located along the Ohio River in Massac County, Illinois, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Garden of the Gods and Giant City State Park. Step out of Metropolis with an excursion to Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour in Makanda--about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Superman Statue, stroll through Shawnee National Forest, discover the deep blue sea with Mermet Springs Scuba, and admire the majestic nature at Tunnel Hill State Trail.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Metropolis trip planning app.

Columbus to Metropolis 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 Metropolis due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in November, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Alton.

Things to do in Metropolis

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Alton

— 3 nights
Alton is a city on the Mississippi River in Madison County, Illinois, United States, about 15mi north of St. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site and Kruta Bakery. Explore Alton's surroundings by going to National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows (in Belleville) and Eversgerd’s Civil War Fort (in Germantown). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Great Rivers Scenic Route, get engrossed in the history at The 1820 Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House, see human ingenuity at work at Melvin Price Locks and Dam, and see the interesting displays at National Great Rivers Museum.

For maps and tourist information, you can read our Alton sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Metropolis to Alton takes 3 hours. In November, daytime highs in Alton are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Springfield.

Things to do in Alton

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Springfield

— 3 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Explore hidden gems such as Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials and Dana-Thomas House. Step out of Springfield to go to Petersburg and see Lincolns New Salem State Park, which is approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: ponder the world of politics at Illinois State Capitol, get engrossed in the history at Lincoln Home National Historic Site, contemplate the long history of Old State Capitol, and examine the collection at Illinois State Museum.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Springfield trip tool.

Traveling by car from Alton to Springfield takes 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Peoria.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Peoria

— 3 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Caterpillar Visitors Center and IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Children's Discovery Museum (in Normal), Memories: Route 66 Museum (in Atlanta) and Route 66 Shield Mural (in Pontiac).

Plan my day in Peoria using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Springfield to Peoria takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Peoria sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Utica.

Things to do in Peoria

Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Shopping

Side Trips

Utica

— 1 night
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. On the 13th (Sat), immerse yourself in nature at Matthiessen State Park, hike along Starved Rock State Park, then learn about winemaking at August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. Tasting Room, and finally examine the collection at Reddick Mansion and Gardens.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Utica trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Peoria to Utica in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, daytime highs in Utica are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Waukegan.

Things to do in Utica

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Waukegan

— 3 nights
Waukegan is a city and the county seat of Lake County, Illinois, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Michigan and Baha'i House of Worship. Venture out of the city with trips to Chicago Botanic Garden (in Glencoe) and Volo Auto Museum (in Volo). There's much more to do: make a splash at Six Flags Great America, cast your line with WindyCitySalmon, delve into the lush surroundings at Lake County Forest Preserves, and take in the architecture and design of University of St. Mary of the Lake.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Waukegan trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Utica to Waukegan takes 2.5 hours. November in Waukegan sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Waukegan

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Chicago

— 6 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Loop and Oriental Institute Museum. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, and get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum.

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You can drive from Waukegan to Chicago in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in November, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can fly to Rock Island.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Rock Island

— 2 nights
Rock Island is a city in and the county seat of Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): appreciate the history behind Atomic Cannon, look for gifts at John Deere Store, then contemplate the long history of Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House, and finally stroll through Quad City Botanical Center. On your second day here, learn more about the world around you at Fryxell Geology Museum, then see the interesting displays at Hauberg Museum, and then try your luck at Jumer's Casino Rock Island.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rock Island attractions website.

Fly from Chicago to Rock Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago in November, expect little chillier with lows of 30°F in Rock Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Galena.

Things to do in Rock Island

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Galena

— 3 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 the less-touristy side of things at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. and Ghost & Vampire Tours. Explore Galena's surroundings by going to Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area (in Fulton) and Stockton Heritage Museum (in Stockton). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Ulysses S. Grant Home, learn about winemaking at Galena Cellars Winery, stroll through Chestnut Mountain Resort, and take an in-depth tour of Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum.

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You can drive from Rock Island to Galena in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Rock Island in November, plan for slightly colder days in Galena, with highs around 45°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rockford.

Things to do in Galena

Parks · Museums · Spas · Wineries

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. Step off the beaten path and head to Discovery Center Museum and Historical Auto Attractions. Get out of town with these interesting Rockford side-trips: Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. (in DeKalb), White Pines Forest State Park (in Mount Morris) and Old Settlers Memorial Cabin (in Dixon). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Anderson Japanese Gardens, get a new perspective on nature at Burpee Museum of Natural History, trek along Stone Bridge Trail, and examine the collection at The Eagle's Nest Art Colony Collection.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rockford trip site.

You can drive from Galena to Rockford in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In November in Rockford, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 30°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rockford

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

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.