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 Holy Name Cathedral and Morton Arboretum. Get out of town with these interesting Chicago side-trips: Cantigny Park (in Wheaton), Chicago Premium Outlets (in Aurora) and Baha'i House of Worship (in Wilmette). There's much more to do: wander the streets of The Loop, examine the collection at Ed Paschke Art Center, admire the landmark architecture of Tribune Tower, and take in the views from Michigan Avenue Bridge.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Chicago trip itinerary maker tool.

Columbus to Chicago is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Columbus to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. November in Chicago sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive 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 August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. Tasting Room. Explore Utica's surroundings by going to Pontiac (Route 66 Shield Mural, IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum, &more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Starved Rock State Park, look for gifts at Mix's Trading Post, join the crowd at LaSalle Speedway, and immerse yourself in nature at Illini State Park.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Utica online holiday maker.

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. November in Utica sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive 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 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.
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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 Ghost & Vampire Tours and Belvedere Mansion. Step out of Galena to go to Savanna and see Savanna Train Car Museum, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum, do a tasting at Galena Cellars Winery, awaken your taste buds at Massbach Ridge Tasting Room, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Drive from Rockford to Galena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. November in Galena sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 27°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car 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 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 drive; or 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.
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Peoria — 4 nights

Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Caterpillar Visitors Center and Historic Nauvoo. Venture out of the city with trips to Argyle Lake State Park (in Colchester), Galesburg Railroad Museum (in Galesburg) and Eastland Mall (in Bloomington).

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Drive from Rock Island to Peoria in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Peoria are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Illinois State Capitol and Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices State Historic Site. Explore Springfield's surroundings by going to Lincolns New Salem State Park (in Petersburg) and Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum (in Decatur). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Illinois State Museum, browse the different shops at White Oaks Mall, don't miss a visit to First Presbyterian Church, and contemplate the long history of Old State Capitol.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Springfield online trip planner.

You can drive from Peoria to Springfield in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Springfield can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) 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. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at 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. Other options: drive. 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 go by car to Makanda.
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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 identify plant and animal life 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. Alternatively, you can drive. 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.
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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 look for all kinds of wild species at 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 drive 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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