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 Lake Michigan and Holy Name Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Chicago: Chicago Premium Outlets (in Aurora), Bowen Park (in Waukegan) and Cantigny Park (in Wheaton). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Chicago Botanic Garden, wander the streets of The Loop, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Chicago Cultural Center.

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.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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 Starved Rock State Park and IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum. Go for a jaunt from Utica to Pontiac to see Museum of the Gilding Arts about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Matthiessen State Park, stop by Mix's Trading Post, visit Starved Rock River Adventures, and do a tasting at August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. Tasting Room.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Utica day trip site.

Drive from Chicago to Utica in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in November, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rockford.

Things to do in Utica

Nature · Museums · Parks · Shopping

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. 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.

Things to do in Rockford

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. and Spas. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Ulysses S. Grant Home, get engrossed in the history at Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum, stroll through Casper Bluff Land and Water Reserve, and learn about winemaking at Galena Cellars 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 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.

Things to do in Galena

Outdoors · Wineries · Golf · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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 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.

Things to do in Rock Island

Fun & Games · Casinos · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Peoria

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

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Peoria travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Rock Island to Peoria takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Peoria

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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 Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials and Old State Capitol. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Springfield: Lincolns New Salem State Park (in Petersburg) and Orpheum Children's Science Museum (in Champaign). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House, browse the different shops at White Oaks Mall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Memorial Garden, and examine the collection at Illinois State Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Springfield online tour planner.

You can drive from Peoria to Springfield in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Springfield can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Collinsville.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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. 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 travel to Metropolis.

Things to do in Collinsville

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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 stroll through 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. 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 travel back home.

Things to do in Metropolis

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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.