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
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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 Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour. Step out of Metropolis with an excursion to Giant City State Park in Makanda--about 58 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.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
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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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site and Great Rivers Scenic Route. Explore Alton's surroundings by going to National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows (in Belleville), Kruta Bakery (in Collinsville) and Eversgerd’s Civil War Fort (in Germantown). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at National Great Rivers Museum, get engrossed in the history at Beall Mansion Tour, and see human ingenuity at work at Melvin Price Locks and Dam.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Alton travel planning app.

Traveling by car from Metropolis to Alton takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in November, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Springfield.
Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
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Springfield — 3 nights

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 Old State Capitol. 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: steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House, get engrossed in the history at Lincoln Home National Historic Site, see the interesting displays at Illinois State Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Illinois State Capitol.

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.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife
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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 Memories: Route 66 Museum (in Atlanta), Children's Discovery Museum (in Normal) and Route 66 Shield Mural (in Pontiac).

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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.
Museums · Outdoors · Shopping · Scenic Drive
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.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
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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 Volo Auto Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Baha'i House of Worship (in Wilmette) and Chicago Botanic Garden (in Glencoe). There's much more to do: cool off at Six Flags Great America, take in the architecture and design of University of St. Mary of the Lake, delve into the lush surroundings at Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve, and see what you can catch with WindyCitySalmon.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Waukegan trip tool.

You can drive from Utica to Waukegan in 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Waukegan are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Chicago.
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Chicago — 6 nights

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 Lakefront Trail. 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.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums
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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 fly; or 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.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Fun & Games
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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. Other options are to drive; or 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.
Museums · Parks · Wineries · Spas
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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. 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: White Pines Forest State Park (in Mount Morris), Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. (in DeKalb) 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.
Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
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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.