31 days in Illinois Itinerary

31 days in Illinois Itinerary

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31 days in Illinois Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  3​h
1
Chicago
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rockford
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Nauvoo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Springfield
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Casey
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Urbana
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Peoria
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Utica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Rock Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Galena
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Columbus

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Step off the beaten path and head to Six Flags Great America and Beer Tastings & Tours. Step out of Chicago with an excursion to Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe--about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain, view the masterpieces at Chicago Cultural Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maggie Daley Park, and explore the activities along Lake Michigan.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago day trip planner.

Columbus to Chicago is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Rockford.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Theme Parks Tours

Side Trips

Chicago Botanic Garden, Lake Michigan, Six Flags Great America
Highlights from your plan
Chicago Botanic Garden ©
Chicago Botanic Garden
Lake Michigan ©
Lake Michigan
Beer Tastings & Tours

3
nights
Rockford

Rockford ©
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Anderson Japanese Gardens and Krape City Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rockford: Dixon (The Next Picture Show & Northwest Territory Historic Center), White Pines Forest State Park (in Mount Morris) and Lowden State Park (in Oregon). It doesn't end there: explore the engaging exhibits at Discovery Center Museum and admire the natural beauty at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rockford trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Chicago to Rockford takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nauvoo.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Dixon, Krape City Park, Lowden State Park, White Pines Forest State Park
Highlights from your plan
Anderson Japanese Gardens ©
Anderson Japanese Gardens
Discovery Center Museum ©
Discovery Center Museum
Krape City Park ©
Krape City Park

2
nights
Nauvoo

Nauvoo ©
Nauvoo is a small city in Hancock County, Illinois, United States, on the Mississippi River near Fort Madison, Iowa. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Carthage Jail, do a tasting at Baxter's Vineyards, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nauvoo Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Joseph Smith Historic Site, contemplate the long history of Brigham Young Home, and then gain insight at Historic Nauvoo.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nauvoo trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Rockford to Nauvoo takes 4 hours. In July, daytime highs in Nauvoo are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Nauvoo

Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

Carthage Jail
Highlights from your plan
Historic Nauvoo ©
Historic Nauvoo
Joseph Smith Historic Site ©
Joseph Smith Historic Site
Carthage Jail ©
Carthage Jail

3
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
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 Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site. Change things up with a short trip to National Road Interpretive Center in Vandalia (about 1h 30 min away). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House, get a sense of history and politics at Old State Capitol, admire the landmark architecture of Elijah Iles House, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Lincoln Home National Historic Site.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Springfield planner .

Traveling by car from Nauvoo to Springfield takes 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Springfield can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Casey.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Vandalia
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials ©
Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Old State Capitol ©
Old State Capitol

3
nights
Casey

Casey ©
Casey is a city in Clark and Cumberland counties in the U.S. You'll discover tucked-away gems like World's Largest Rocking Chair and World's Largest Mailbox. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Shelbyville (in Shelbyville), Lincoln Trail State Park (in Marshall) and Douglas-Hart Nature Center (in Mattoon). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to World Largest Wind Chime, explore and take pictures at Fox Ridge State Park, look for gifts at Casey's Candy Depot, and contemplate the long history of Lincoln Log Cabin.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Casey tour itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Springfield to Casey takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Urbana.

Things to do in Casey

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Douglas-Hart Nature Center, Lincoln Log Cabin, Fox Ridge State Park, Lake Shelbyville, Lincoln Trail State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lake Shelbyville ©
Lake Shelbyville
World Largest Wind Chime ©
World Largest Wind Chime
World's Largest Rocking Chair ©
World's Largest Rocking Chair

4
nights
Urbana

Urbana ©
Urbana is a city in and the county seat of Champaign County, Illinois, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Sholem Aquatic Center and Altgeld Hall Tower. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Urbana: Danville (Heron County Park & Kennekuk County Park). There's much more to do: hike along Busey Woods, stop by Market Place Shopping Center, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market at the Square, and appreciate the history behind Alma Mater.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Urbana trip planner.

You can drive from Casey to Urbana in 1.5 hours. August in Urbana sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Peoria.

Things to do in Urbana

Parks Shopping Theme Parks

Side Trips

Champaign, Danville
Highlights from your plan
Kennekuk County Park ©
Kennekuk County Park
Sholem Aquatic Center ©
Sholem Aquatic Center
Champaign Public Library ©
Champaign Public Library

4
nights
Peoria

Peoria ©
Peoria is a city in and the county seat of Peoria County, Illinois, United States, and the largest city on the Illinois River. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Christ Apple Orchard and Dozer Park. Get out of town with these interesting Peoria side-trips: Bloomington (David Davis Mansion State Historic Site & Evergreen Memorial Cemetery) and Galesburg (Galesburg Railroad Museum, Discovery Depot Children's Museum, & more). There's much more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Metamora Courthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Luthy Botanical Garden, enjoy breathtaking views from Northmoor Observatory, and take a memorable drive along Grand View Drive.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Peoria travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Urbana to Peoria takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Peoria can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Utica.

Things to do in Peoria

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Galesburg, Bloomington, Tower Park, Christ Apple Orchard, Metamora Courthouse
Highlights from your plan
Wee Tee Golf Center ©
Wee Tee Golf Center
Dozer Park ©
Dozer Park

2
nights
Utica

Utica ©
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Matthiessen State Park and then trek along Starved Rock State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at International Wall Dog Mural and Sign Art Museum, see the interesting displays at IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum, then make a trip to Standard Oil Gas Station, and finally appreciate the history behind The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Utica trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Peoria to Utica in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Utica are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rock Island.

Things to do in Utica

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Pontiac, Standard Oil Gas Station, The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park
Matthiessen State Park ©
Matthiessen State Park

2
nights
Rock Island

Rock Island ©
Rock Island is a city in and the county seat of Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): admire the engineering at Mississippi River Lock and Dam No. 16 and then try to win big at Jumer's Casino Rock Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Quad City Botanical Center, then pause for some photo ops at Atomic Cannon, and then examine the collection at Rock Island Arsenal Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rock Island trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Utica to Rock Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Galena.

Things to do in Rock Island

Parks Casinos Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Quad City Botanical Center ©
Quad City Botanical Center
Rock Island Arsenal Museum ©
Rock Island Arsenal Museum
Atomic Cannon ©
Atomic Cannon

5
nights
Galena

Galena ©
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 Ulysses S. Grant Home and Chestnut Mountain Resort. Step out of Galena to go to Apple River and see Apple River Canyon State Park, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., tour the pleasant surroundings at West Street Sculpture Park, identify plant and animal life at Casper Bluff Land and Water Reserve, and take an in-depth tour of Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Galena trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Rock Island to Galena by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Galena

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Apple River Canyon State Park
Highlights from your plan
Chestnut Mountain Resort ©
Chestnut Mountain Resort
Ulysses S. Grant Home ©
Ulysses S. Grant Home
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. ©
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.

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