30 days in Illinois Itinerary

30 days in Illinois Itinerary

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Chicago
— 4 nights
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Utica
— 3 nights
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Rockford
— 2 nights
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Galena
— 4 nights
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Rock Island
— 2 nights
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Peoria
— 4 nights
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Springfield
— 4 nights
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Collinsville
— 2 nights
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Makanda
— 2 nights
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Metropolis
— 2 nights
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Chicago

— 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Explore hidden gems such as Lake Michigan and Holy Name Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Chicago side-trips: Morton Arboretum (in Lisle), Chicago Premium Outlets (in Aurora) and Cantigny Park (in Wheaton). There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Chicago Botanic Garden, let the kids burn off some steam at Maggie Daley Park, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Chicago Riverwalk.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip itinerary builder site.

Columbus to Chicago is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Columbus to Chicago. In November, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Utica.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

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. Explore Utica's surroundings by going to Pontiac (Route 66 Shield Mural & Museum of the Gilding Arts). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Matthiessen State Park, do a tasting at Illinois River Winery, join the crowd at LaSalle Speedway, and look for gifts at Mix's Trading Post.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Utica online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Utica takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train 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 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rockford.

Things to do in Utica

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wineries

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 9th (Tue): have fun and explore at Discovery Center Museum, admire the masterpieces at Rockford Art Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Anderson Japanese Gardens. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Midway Village & Museum Center, then buy something for everyone on your list at Conover Square, and then examine the collection at The Eagle's Nest Art Colony Collection.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rockford trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Utica to Rockford takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and bus. In November, daytime highs in Rockford are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Galena.

Things to do in Rockford

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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. Step off the beaten path and head to Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. and Ulysses S. Grant Home. Step out of Galena to go to Savanna and see Savanna Train Car Museum, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, get engrossed in the history at Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Galena Antique Mall, and play a few rounds at Eagle Ridge Resort.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Galena trip itinerary maker site.

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 in Galena, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 27°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rock Island.

Things to do in Galena

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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 15th (Mon): stop by Pegasus Fine Gifts, then stroll around Sunset Park, and then try to win big at Jumer's Casino Rock Island. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Bishop Hill Illinois, see the interesting displays at Henry County Historical Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski Snowstar.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rock Island online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Galena to Rock Island takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Peoria.

Things to do in Rock Island

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Peoria

— 4 nights
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Caterpillar Visitors Center and Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences. Venture out of the city with trips to Historic Nauvoo (in Nauvoo), Argyle Lake State Park (in Colchester) and Galesburg Railroad Museum (in Galesburg).

To find out how to plan a trip to Peoria, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Rock Island to Peoria takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in November, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Springfield.

Things to do in Peoria

Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trips

Springfield

— 4 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials and Old State Capitol. Explore Springfield's surroundings by going to Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum (in Decatur) and Lincolns New Salem State Park (in Petersburg). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House, examine the collection at Illinois State Museum, make a trip to First Presbyterian Church, and ponder the world of politics at Illinois Governor's Mansion.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Springfield road trip site.

You can drive from Peoria to Springfield in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Springfield sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Collinsville.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Collinsville

— 2 nights
Collinsville is a city located mainly in Madison County, and partially in St. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): stroll through TreeHouse Wildlife Center, stop by Elsah General Store, and then try to win big at Argosy Casino Alton. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Eckert's Belleville Farm, join the crowd at Gateway International Raceway, and then steep yourself in history at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Collinsville trip builder.

Getting from Springfield to Collinsville by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in November, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Makanda.

Things to do in Collinsville

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Makanda

— 2 nights
Makanda is a village in Jackson County, Illinois, United States. On the 27th (Sat), immerse yourself in nature at Giant City State Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Grassy Fish Hatchery, and then head off the coast to Tower Rock. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Fort Defiance Park, then admire the striking features of Magnolia Manor, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Von Jakob Winery & Brewery.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Makanda trip planner.

Drive from Collinsville to Makanda in 2.5 hours. In November in Makanda, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Metropolis.

Things to do in Makanda

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Metropolis

— 2 nights
Metropolis is a city located along the Ohio River in Massac County, Illinois, United States. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): stroll through Jackson Falls Trail, then stroll through Garden of the Gods, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Shawnee National Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Super Museum, then appreciate the history behind Superman Statue, and then don't miss a visit to Noel Neill statue.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Metropolis route maker website.

Traveling by car from Makanda to Metropolis takes 1.5 hours. In November in Metropolis, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Metropolis

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · 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.