30 days in Illinois Itinerary

30 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois visit planner
Make it your trip
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Chicago
— 13 nights
Drive
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Makanda
— 4 nights
Drive
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Alton
— 3 nights
Drive
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Peoria
— 3 nights
Drive
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Galena
— 4 nights
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Chicago — 13 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chicago: Century of Progress Architectural District (in Beverly Shores), Wheaton (Cantigny Park & First Division Museum at Cantigny) and Friends of the Viking Ship (in Geneva). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, learn more about the world around you at Field Museum, and get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo.

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Mumbai, India to Chicago is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai to Chicago is minus 11.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Mumbai in September, with highs in Chicago at 30°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Makanda.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Side Trips

Makanda — 4 nights

Makanda is a village in Jackson County, Illinois, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Makanda: Pickle Springs Natural Area (in Sainte Genevieve), Elephant Rocks State Park (in Belleview) and Mermet Springs Scuba (in Vienna). Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour, trek along Shawnee Hills, do a tasting at Owl Creek Vineyard, and immerse yourself in nature at Giant City State Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Makanda trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Chicago to Makanda by car takes about 5.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Makanda are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Alton.
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Wineries · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trips

Alton — 3 nights

Alton is a city on the Mississippi River in Madison County, Illinois, United States, about 15mi north of St. Get out of town with these interesting Alton side-trips: Belleville (Eckert's Belleville Farm & National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows) and World's Largest Catsup Bottle (in Collinsville). There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Great Rivers Scenic Route, steep yourself in history at Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, see the interesting displays at World's Tallest Man Statue, and try your luck at Argosy Casino Alton.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Alton trip maker tool.

You can drive from Makanda to Alton in 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Alton are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Peoria.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Casinos
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Peoria — 3 nights

Explore Peoria's surroundings by going to Matthiessen State Park (in Utica), Starved Rock State Park (in Oglesby) and Allen Park (in Ottawa).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Peoria visit planner.

Getting from Alton to Peoria by car takes about 3 hours. In September in Peoria, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Galena.
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Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Brewery Pottery (in Mineral Point) and Spring Green (The House on the Rock & Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center ). There's much more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., get engrossed in the history at Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum, make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., and observe the fascinating underwater world at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Galena day trip planning site.

Drive from Peoria to Galena in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. In September, Galena is slightly colder than Peoria - with highs of 28°C and lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.
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Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
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.
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