30 days in Illinois Itinerary

30 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois trip planner

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Metropolis
— 2 nights
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Springfield
— 5 nights
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Peoria
— 4 nights
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Utica
— 2 nights
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Galena
— 5 nights
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Waukegan
— 3 nights
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Chicago
— 8 nights
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Metropolis

— 2 nights
Metropolis is a city located along the Ohio River in Massac County, Illinois, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Garden of the Gods and Superman Statue. Venture out of the city with trips to Makanda (Giant City State Park & Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour). There's still lots to do: take a peaceful walk through Shawnee National Forest and see some colorful creatures with Mermet Springs Scuba.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Metropolis trip planner.

Columbus to Metropolis is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In November, daily temperatures in Metropolis can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Metropolis

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Springfield

— 5 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials and Old State Capitol. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Springfield: Great Rivers Scenic Route (in Alton) and Lincolns New Salem State Park (in Petersburg). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House, get engrossed in the history at Lincoln Home National Historic Site, appreciate the history behind Illinois Korean War Memorial, and see the interesting displays at Illinois State Museum.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Springfield day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Metropolis to Springfield in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. November in Springfield sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Peoria.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Peoria

— 4 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Caterpillar Visitors Center and Jumer's Casino Rock Island. Explore Peoria's surroundings by going to Atlanta (Memories: Route 66 Museum & Atlanta Public Library) and Discovery Depot Children's Museum (in Galesburg).

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Peoria trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Springfield to Peoria in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Utica.

Things to do in Peoria

Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Utica

— 2 nights
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, stroll through Starved Rock State Park, and then do a tasting at August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. Tasting Room. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Whiskey Acres Distilling Co..

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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, daily temperatures in Utica can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Galena.

Things to do in Utica

Nature · Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Galena

— 5 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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. and Ulysses S. Grant Home. Get out of town with these interesting Galena side-trips: Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area (in Fulton), The Eagle's Nest Art Colony Collection (in Oregon) and Barnacopia (in Polo). And it doesn't end there: get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, awaken your taste buds at Massbach Ridge Tasting Room, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chestnut Mountain Resort, and learn about winemaking at Galena Cellars Winery.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Galena trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Utica to Galena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, daytime highs in Galena are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Waukegan.

Things to do in Galena

Museums · Parks · Wineries · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Waukegan

— 3 nights
Waukegan is a city and the county seat of Lake County, Illinois, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Michigan and Chicago Botanic Garden. Change things up with these side-trips from Waukegan: Historical Auto Attractions (in Roscoe), Anderson Japanese Gardens (in Rockford) and Volo Auto Museum (in Volo). It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Baha'i House of Worship.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Waukegan trip maker.

Drive from Galena to Waukegan in 3.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Waukegan are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Waukegan

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Chicago

— 8 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Step off the beaten path and head to Holy Name Cathedral and Lakefront Trail. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, stop by The Magnificent Mile, admire the landmark architecture of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and take an in-depth tour of Chicago History Museum.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Chicago road trip planning site.

Getting from Waukegan to Chicago by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · 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.