31 days in Illinois Itinerary

31 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois trip itinerary planner
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Chicago
— 6 nights
Fly
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Galena
— 4 nights
Drive
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DeKalb
— 3 nights
Drive
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Peoria
— 4 nights
Drive
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Springfield
— 5 nights
Drive
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Alton
— 4 nights
Drive
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Casey
— 4 nights
Drive to Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal, Fly to Orlando

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Chicago — 6 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Change things up with a short trip to Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe (about 34 minutes away). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, engage your brain at Field Museum, make a trip to Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and take in panoramic vistas at 360 Chicago Observation Deck.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Chicago vacation planner.

Orlando to Chicago is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Orlando in March, with highs in Chicago at 45°F and lows at 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Galena.
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Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips

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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galena: Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area (in Fulton), Timber Lake Playhouse (in Mount Carroll) and Stockton Heritage Museum (in Stockton). There's much more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, indulge your taste buds at Massbach Ridge Tasting Room, and stop by Chocolat.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Galena trip planner.

You can fly from Chicago to Galena in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago in March, plan for slightly colder nights in Galena, with lows around 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to DeKalb.
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Parks · Museums · Spas · Shopping
Side Trips

DeKalb — 3 nights

DeKalb is a city in DeKalb County, Illinois, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near DeKalb: Starved Rock State Park (in Oglesby), Old Settlers Memorial Cabin (in Dixon) and Veteran Acres Park (in Crystal Lake). There's lots more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., get engrossed in the history at Ellwood House Museum, and indulge in some personalized pampering at SaltTreeYoga.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the DeKalb tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Galena to DeKalb takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 42°F in March, and nighttime lows around 25°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Peoria.
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Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trips

Peoria — 4 nights

Venture out of the city with trips to Route 66 Shield Mural (in Pontiac), Jumer's Casino Rock Island (in Rock Island) and Discovery Depot Children's Museum (in Galesburg).

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Peoria road trip planning app.

You can drive from DeKalb to Peoria in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from DeKalb in March: highs in Peoria hover around 48°F, while lows dip to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Springfield.
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Museums · Childrens Museums · Scenic Drive · Classes
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Springfield — 5 nights

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
When in Springfield, make a side trip to see Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site in Mount Pulaski, approximately Mount Pulaski away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, steep yourself in history at Old State Capitol, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Springfield fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Peoria to Springfield by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. March in Springfield sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Alton.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Fun & Games
Side Trip

Alton — 4 nights

Alton is a city on the Mississippi River in Madison County, Illinois, United States, about 15mi north of St. Venture out of the city with trips to Henry's Rabbit Ranch (in Staunton) and Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site (in Collinsville). Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Great Rivers Scenic Route, stop by Elsah General Store, get engrossed in the history at The 1820 Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House, and see the interesting displays at National Great Rivers Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Alton visit planner.

Drive from Springfield to Alton in 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Casey.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Shopping
Side Trips

Casey — 4 nights

Casey is a city in Clark and Cumberland counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. Change things up with a short trip to Heath Candy Bar Museum in Robinson (about 42 minutes away). It doesn't end there: make a trip to World's Largest Rocking Chair and stop by Wildflour Bakery & Candy Co..

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

Traveling by car from Alton to Casey takes 2.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Casey can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
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Childrens Museums · Museums · Shopping
Side Trip

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.
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