30 days in Illinois Itinerary

30 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois tour itinerary builder

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Metropolis
— 2 nights
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Springfield
— 7 nights
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Utica
— 4 nights
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Rockford
— 2 nights
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Galena
— 6 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. Step off the beaten path and head to Superman Statue and Giant City State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Metropolis: Von Jakob Winery & Brewery (in Alto Pass), Iron Furnace (in Elizabethtown) and Garden of the Gods (in Harrisburg). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Noel Neill statue.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Metropolis sightseeing 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 in Metropolis, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Metropolis

Parks · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries

Side Trips

Springfield

— 7 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials and Caterpillar Visitors Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Lincolns New Salem State Park (in Petersburg) and Grand View Drive (in Peoria). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House, don't miss a visit to Lauterbach Giant, examine the collection at Illinois State Museum, and browse the different shops at White Oaks Mall.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Springfield route planning app.

Drive from Metropolis to Springfield in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In November, daily temperatures in Springfield can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Utica.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Utica

— 4 nights
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Explore hidden gems such as Starved Rock State Park and Red Covered Bridge. Explore Utica's surroundings by going to IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum (in Pontiac) and Hennepin Canal Parkway (in Hennepin). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Matthiessen State Park, stop by Mix's Trading Post, and visit Starved Rock River Adventures.

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Traveling by car from Springfield to Utica takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi. When traveling from Springfield in November, plan for slightly colder days in Utica, with highs around 48°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rockford.

Things to do in Utica

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rockford

— 2 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. On the 15th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Rockford Art Museum and then admire the natural beauty at Anderson Japanese Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Franklin Creek Grist Mill and then examine the collection at Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rockford trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Utica to Rockford in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and bus. In November in Rockford, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 30°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Galena.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Galena

— 6 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 hidden gems such as Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. and Ulysses S. Grant Home. Take a break from Galena with a short trip to Jumer's Casino Rock Island in Rock Island, about 1h 50 min away. There's still lots to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, do a tasting at Rocky Waters Vineyard and Winery, take an in-depth tour of Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum, and indulge your senses at Massbach Ridge Tasting Room.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Galena day trip planner.

You can drive from Rockford to Galena in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Chicago.

Things to do in Galena

Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Chicago

— 8 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Michigan and Chicago Botanic Garden. Explore Chicago's surroundings by going to Riverwalk Lot (in Naperville), Morton Arboretum (in Lisle) and Baha'i House of Worship (in Wilmette). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Name Cathedral, admire the local landmark of Crown Fountain, take in the exciting artwork at Chicago Cultural Center, and take a stroll through The Loop.

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Traveling by flight from Galena to Chicago takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Galena in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Chicago, with lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

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.