31 days in Illinois Itinerary

31 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois itinerary builder

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Fly to St Louis Lambert International Airport, Drive to Alton
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Alton
— 3 nights
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Makanda
— 2 nights
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Springfield
— 5 nights
Drive
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Ottawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chicago
— 8 nights
Drive
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Rockford
— 5 nights
Drive
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Galena
— 5 nights
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Alton

— 3 nights
Alton is a city on the Mississippi River in Madison County, Illinois, United States, about 15mi north of St. Bring the kids along to Silver Lake Park and The Gardens at SIUE. There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Great Rivers Scenic Route, get engrossed in the history at Beall Mansion Tour, don't miss a visit to Haskell Playhouse, and see the interesting displays at National Great Rivers Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Alton road trip planning app.

Portland to Alton is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In May, daytime highs in Alton are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Makanda.

Things to do in Alton

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Makanda

— 2 nights
Makanda is a village in Jackson County, Illinois, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Bald Knob Cross of Peace, take a memorable tour with Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour, then trek along Shawnee Hills, and finally hike along Pomona Natural Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): explore the activities along Cache River State Natural Area, identify plant and animal life at Henry N Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center, and then identify plant and animal life at Mermet Springs Scuba.

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Getting from Alton to Makanda by car takes about 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Makanda can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Makanda

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Springfield

— 5 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Lincoln Memorial Garden and Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Springfield: Wheels O' Time Museum (in Dunlap), Decatur (Scovill Zoo & Sand Creek Conservation Area) and Peoria (Grand View Drive & Luthy Botanical Garden). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, get a sense of history and politics at Old State Capitol, and steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Springfield online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Makanda to Springfield in 3.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Springfield can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Ottawa.

Things to do in Springfield

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ottawa

— 2 nights
Ottawa is a city located at the confluence of the navigable Illinois River and Fox River in LaSalle County, Illinois, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): appreciate the history behind The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial, take an in-depth tour of Hegeler Carus Mansion, then stroll through Washington Square Park, and finally get reinvigorated at SaltTreeYoga. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museum of the Gilding Arts, don't miss a visit to Route 66 Shield Mural, then see the interesting displays at IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum, and finally make a trip to Ambler's Texaco Gas Station, Dwight.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ottawa trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Springfield to Ottawa takes 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Ottawa

Museums · Spas · Parks

Side Trips

Chicago

— 8 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Bring the kids along to The Art Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park. Go for a jaunt from Chicago to Glencoe to see Chicago Botanic Garden about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lincoln Park Zoo, and admire the landmark architecture of 360 Chicago Observation Deck.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Chicago visit planner.

You can drive from Ottawa to Chicago in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rockford.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Rockford

— 5 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. Family-friendly places like Anderson Japanese Gardens and Oscar Taylor Home will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rockford: Barnacopia (in Polo), Freeport (Jane Addams Recreation Trail & Krape Park) and The Eagle's Nest Art Colony Collection (in Oregon). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, get engrossed in the history at Boone County Historical Museum, examine the collection at Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum, and learn more about the world around you at Burpee Museum of Natural History.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rockford trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Chicago to Rockford in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Galena.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Galena

— 5 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. Get out of town with these interesting Galena side-trips: Savanna Train Car Museum (in Savanna), Fulton (Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area, De Immigrant Windmill, &more) and Stockton Heritage Museum (in Stockton). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Washburne House State Historic Site, identify plant and animal life at Horseshoe Mound, shop like a local with Mangelsen - Images of Nature Gallery, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Great River Trail.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Galena trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rockford to Galena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Galena are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Galena

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

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.