30 days in Illinois Itinerary

30 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois sightseeing planner
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Chicago
— 6 nights
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Utica
— 3 nights
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Rockford
— 2 nights
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Galena
— 5 nights
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Rock Island
— 2 nights
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Peoria
— 3 nights
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Springfield
— 4 nights
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Collinsville
— 2 nights
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Metropolis
— 2 nights
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Chicago — 6 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 Holy Name Cathedral and Chicago Botanic Garden. Change things up with these side-trips from Chicago: Chicago Premium Outlets (in Aurora), Cantigny Park (in Wheaton) and Bowen Park (in Waukegan). The adventure continues: take a stroll through The Loop, take in nature's colorful creations at Morton Arboretum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Michigan, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Lakefront Trail.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip planner.

Columbus to Chicago is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Columbus to Chicago is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in November, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Utica.
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Utica — 3 nights

North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Matthiessen State Park and Starved Rock River Adventures. Change things up with these side-trips from Utica: Pontiac (Museum of the Gilding Arts & IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. Tasting Room, stop by Mix's Trading Post, and admire the majestic nature at Starved Rock State Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Utica trip planner.

You can drive from Chicago to Utica in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. November in Utica sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 31°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rockford.
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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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Rockford Art Museum and then take in nature's colorful creations at Anderson Japanese Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Oscar Taylor Home and then buy something for everyone on your list at Conover Square.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rockford trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Utica to Rockford in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in November, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Galena.
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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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ghost & Vampire Tours and Chestnut Mountain Resort. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum, steep yourself in history at Belvedere Mansion, indulge your senses at Massbach Ridge Tasting Room, and learn about winemaking at Rocky Waters Vineyard and Winery.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Galena day trip planner.

You can drive from Rockford to Galena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Galena are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rock Island.
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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 18th (Thu): stop by John Deere Store, try to win big at Jumer's Casino Rock Island, and then contemplate the long history of Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Bishop Hill Illinois and then examine the collection at Henry County Historical Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rock Island trip planner.

You can drive from Galena to Rock Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Rock Island can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Peoria.
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Peoria — 3 nights

Explore hidden gems such as Caterpillar Visitors Center and Grand View Drive. Venture out of the city with trips to Brown's Oakridge Zoo (in Smithfield), Illinois Terminal (in Champaign) and Eastland Mall (in Bloomington).

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Peoria trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rock Island to Peoria takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Peoria can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Springfield.
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Springfield — 4 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 Illinois State Capitol and White Oaks Mall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Springfield: Orpheum Children's Science Museum (in Champaign) and Lincolns New Salem State Park (in Petersburg). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Illinois State Museum, ponder the world of politics at Old State Capitol, steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House, and identify plant and animal life at Lincoln Memorial Garden.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Springfield trip planner.

Drive from Peoria to Springfield in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Springfield are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Collinsville.
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Collinsville — 2 nights

Collinsville is a city located mainly in Madison County, and partially in St. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): stop by Kruta Bakery and then steep yourself in history at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. On your second day here, experience rural life at Eckert's Belleville Farm and then see the interesting displays at World's Tallest Man Statue.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Collinsville trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Springfield to Collinsville by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In November in Collinsville, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Metropolis.
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Metropolis — 2 nights

Metropolis is a city located along the Ohio River in Massac County, Illinois, United States. On the 29th (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Giant City State Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Noel Neill statue and then pause for some photo ops at Superman Statue.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Metropolis trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Collinsville to Metropolis in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in November, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car back home.
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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.
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