31 days in Illinois & Saint Louis Itinerary

31 days in Illinois & Saint Louis Itinerary

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Chicago
— 6 nights
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Rockford
— 4 nights
3
Peoria
— 4 nights
4
Springfield
— 4 nights
5
Marion
— 5 nights
6
Saint Louis
— 7 nights

6
nights
Chicago

Chicago
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You've now added Shoreline Sightseeing to your itinerary. There's much more to do: walk around Millennium Park, meet the residents at Lincoln Park Zoo, take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, and take a leisurely stroll along Navy Pier.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Chicago. May in Chicago sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rockford.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Oak Park
Highlights from your plan
Millennium Park
Millennium Park
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower ©
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

4
nights
Rockford

Rockford ©
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Rockford side-trips: Selmi's Greenhouse and Farm Market (in Rock Falls), Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area (in Fulton) and Honey Hill (in Waterman). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Anderson Japanese Gardens, stop by Galena Garlic Company, examine the collection at Historical Auto Attractions, and contemplate the long history of Washburne House State Historic Site.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Rockford travel route tool.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Rockford takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Peoria.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Galena, Selmi's Greenhouse and Farm Market, Historical Auto Attractions, Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area, Honey Hill
Highlights from your plan
Anderson Japanese Gardens ©
Anderson Japanese Gardens
Selmi's Greenhouse and Farm Market ©
Selmi's Greenhouse and Farm Market
Historical Auto Attractions ©
Historical Auto Attractions

4
nights
Peoria

Peoria ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Peoria: Evergreen Memorial Cemetery (in Bloomington), Funks Grove Church & Chapel in the Trees (in McLean) and Hennepin Canal State Park (in Sheffield).

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Peoria tour planner.

Drive from Rockford to Peoria in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. May in Peoria sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Peoria

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Funks Grove Church & Chapel in the Trees, Hennepin Canal State Park
Highlights from your plan
Funks Grove Church & Chapel in the Trees ©
Funks Grove Church & Chapel in the Trees
Grand View Drive ©
Grand View Drive
Hennepin Canal State Park ©
Hennepin Canal State Park

4
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Step out of Springfield with an excursion to Sand Creek Conservation Area in Decatur--about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House, brush up on your military savvy at Air Combat Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Camp Butler National Cemetery, and get engrossed in the history at The Lincoln Home Visitor Center.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Springfield trip planner.

Traveling by car from Peoria to Springfield takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Springfield sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Marion.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Sand Creek Conservation Area
Highlights from your plan
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials ©
Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©
Lincoln Home National Historic Site

5
nights
Marion

Marion ©
Marion is a city in and the county seat of Williamson County, Illinois, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Marion side-trips: Rim Rock Recreation Trail (in Golconda), Garden of the Gods (in Harrisburg) and Cape Girardeau (Trail of Tears & A.C. Brase Arena Building & Park). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Henry N Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center, don't miss a visit to Centralia Carillon, take a peaceful walk through Shawnee National Forest, and stroll through Pomona Natural Bridge.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Marion sightseeing planning app.

Getting from Springfield to Marion by car takes about 3 hours. May in Marion sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Marion

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Girardeau, Rim Rock Recreation Trail, Henry N Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center, Pomona Natural Bridge, Shawnee National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Rim Rock Recreation Trail ©
Rim Rock Recreation Trail
A.C. Brase Arena Building & Park ©
A.C. Brase Arena Building & Park

7
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Explore Saint Louis' surroundings by going to Thierbach Orchards & Berry Farm (in Marthasville), Elephant Rocks State Park (in Belleview) and John Colter Memorial (in New Haven). There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Saint Louis Zoo, see the interesting displays at City Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Saint Louis trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Marion to Saint Louis takes 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Saint Louis can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Arcadia Valley, Thierbach Orchards & Berry Farm, Elephant Rocks State Park, John Colter Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
The Gateway Arch ©
The Gateway Arch
Saint Louis Zoo ©
Saint Louis Zoo

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