31 days in Illinois Itinerary

31 days in Illinois Itinerary

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31 days in Illinois Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Galena
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Peoria
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Springfield
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Belleville
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Harrisburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Champaign
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Utica
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Chicago
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
End: New York City

4
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Timber Lake Playhouse (in Mount Carroll), Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area (in Fulton) and Freeport (Jane Addams Recreation Trail, Krape City Park, & more). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Thomson Causeway Recreation Area, stop by FiberWild!, see the interesting displays at The Old Blacksmith Shop, and stroll through Great River Trail.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Galena day trip planner.

New York City to Galena is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Galena, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, things will get a bit cooler in Galena: highs are around 79°F and lows about 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Peoria.

Things to do in Galena

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Freeport, Havencrest Castle, Thomson Causeway Recreation Area, Timber Lake Playhouse, Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Timber Lake Playhouse ©
Timber Lake Playhouse
Thomson Causeway Recreation Area ©
Krape City Park ©
Krape City Park

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. Explore Peoria's surroundings by going to Rock Island Trail (in Wyoming), Vectorman's Arcadia: America's Playable Arcade Museum (in McLean) and Bloomington (Gradys Fun Park & Constitution Trail). The adventure continues: explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Discovery Museum, examine the collection at Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum, admire all the interesting features of Dozer Park, and play a few rounds at Wee Tee Golf Center.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Peoria trip builder tool .

Drive from Galena to Peoria in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in August, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Springfield.

Things to do in Peoria

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Bloomington, Pekin Park District, Rock Island Trail, Metamora Courthouse, Children's Discovery Museum
Highlights from your plan
Pekin Park District ©
Pekin Park District
Children's Discovery Museum ©
Children's Discovery Museum
Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum ©

4
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Get out of town with these interesting Springfield side-trips: Rock Springs Conservation Area & Nature Center (in Decatur), Lake Lou Yaeger (in Litchfield) and Great Rivers Scenic Route (in Alton). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, take in the views from Sugar Creek Covered Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Lincoln Memorial Garden, and gear up at Lake Springfield Marina.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Springfield trip maker .

Getting from Peoria to Springfield by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Belleville.

Things to do in Springfield

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Great Rivers Scenic Route, Rock Springs Conservation Area & Nature Center, Sugar Creek Covered Bridge, Lake Lou Yaeger
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Memorial Garden ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden
Lake Lou Yaeger ©
Lake Lou Yaeger
Lake Springfield Marina ©
Lake Springfield Marina

4
nights
Belleville

Belleville ©
Belleville is a city in St. Explore Belleville's surroundings by going to Boo Rochman Memorial Park (in Carbondale), Giant City State Park (in Makanda) and Miner Park (in Glen Carbon). The adventure continues: have fun at World Shooting & Recreational Complex, contemplate the long history of Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, look for gifts at Mississippi Mud Pottery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Belleville online day trip planner .

You can drive from Springfield to Belleville in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Belleville are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Harrisburg.

Things to do in Belleville

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trips

Collinsville, Mississippi Mud Pottery, Annbriar Golf Course, World Shooting & Recreational Complex, Giant City State Park
Highlights from your plan
Boo Rochman Memorial Park ©
Boo Rochman Memorial Park
Giant City State Park ©
Giant City State Park
Fun Spot Skating Center ©
Fun Spot Skating Center

2
nights
Harrisburg

Harrisburg ©
Harrisburg is a city in and the county seat of Saline County, Illinois, United States. On the 18th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Jackson Falls Trail and then hike along Little Grand Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Rim Rock Recreation Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Shawnee National Forest, and then identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Harrisburg trip builder tool .

You can drive from Belleville to Harrisburg in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Harrisburg are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Champaign.

Things to do in Harrisburg

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Little Grand Canyon, Shawnee National Forest, Jackson Falls Trail, Rim Rock Recreation Trail
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Rim Rock Recreation Trail ©
Rim Rock Recreation Trail
Shawnee National Forest ©
Shawnee National Forest

3
nights
Champaign

Champaign ©
Champaign is a city in Champaign County, Illinois, United States. Explore Champaign's surroundings by going to Kickapoo State Recreation Area (in Oakwood), Douglas-Hart Nature Center (in Mattoon) and Fox Ridge State Park (in Charleston). And it doesn't end there: trek along Busey Woods, browse the collection at Urbana Public Library, pause for some photo ops at Alma Mater, and walk around Meadowbrook Park.

Plan my day in Champaign using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Harrisburg to Champaign by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Utica.

Things to do in Champaign

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Urbana, Douglas-Hart Nature Center, Fox Ridge State Park, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, lake of the woods county park
Highlights from your plan
Douglas-Hart Nature Center ©
Douglas-Hart Nature Center
Fox Ridge State Park ©
Fox Ridge State Park
Homer Lake Forest Preserve ©
Homer Lake Forest Preserve

3
nights
Utica

Utica ©
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Change things up with these side-trips from Utica: Hennepin Canal State Park (in Sheffield), Bureau County Soldiers and Sailors Monument (in Princeton) and Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. (in DeKalb). There's much more to do: hike along Starved Rock State Park, identify plant and animal life at Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve, walk around Allen Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Anderson Japanese Gardens.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Utica road trip planning site .

Drive from Champaign to Utica in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Utica

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Baker Lake Park, Allen Park, Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., Bureau County Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Anderson Japanese Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park
Hennepin Canal State Park ©
Hennepin Canal State Park
Matthiessen State Park ©
Matthiessen State Park

6
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Wrigley Field, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, and get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Utica to Chicago takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August in Chicago, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 67°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Wrigley Field ©
Wrigley Field

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