31 days in Illinois Itinerary

31 days in Illinois Itinerary

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Galena
— 4 nights
2
Peoria
— 4 nights
3
Springfield
— 4 nights
4
Belleville
— 4 nights
5
Harrisburg
— 2 nights
6
Champaign
— 3 nights
7
Utica
— 3 nights
8
Chicago
— 6 nights

4
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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. Get out of town with these interesting Galena side-trips: Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area (in Fulton), Timber Lake Playhouse (in Mount Carroll) and Freeport (Jane Addams Recreation Trail, Krape Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Washburne House State Historic Site, look for all kinds of wild species at Thomson Causeway Recreation Area, sample the fine beverages at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., and view the masterpieces at Outside the Lines Art Gallery Galena.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Galena trip itinerary maker tool.

New York City to Galena is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Galena is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from New York City in August; daily highs in Galena reach 79°F and lows reach 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Peoria.

Things to do in Galena

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Freeport, Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area, Great River Trail, Timber Lake Playhouse, Thomson Causeway Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Timber Lake Playhouse ©
Timber Lake Playhouse
Thomson Causeway Recreation Area ©
Thomson Causeway Recreation Area
Krape Park ©
Krape Park

4
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Peoria

Peoria ©
Get out of town with these interesting Peoria side-trips: Rock Island Trail (in Wyoming), Vectorman's Arcadia: America's Playable Arcade Museum (in McLean) and Bloomington (Gradys Fun Park & Constitution Trail).

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Peoria trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Galena to Peoria takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Peoria can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Peoria

Outdoors · Parks · Golf

Side Trips

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

4
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Springfield

Springfield
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Lou Yaeger (in Litchfield), Great Rivers Scenic Route (in Alton) and Rock Springs Conservation Area & Nature Center (in Decatur). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, get a sense of history and politics at Illinois State Capitol, and contemplate the long history of Lincoln Home National Historic Site.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Springfield online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Peoria to Springfield takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Belleville.

Things to do in Springfield

Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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

4
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Belleville

Belleville ©
Belleville is a city in St. Change things up with these side-trips from Belleville: Boo Rochman Memorial Park (in Carbondale), Miner Park (in Glen Carbon) and Giant City State Park (in Makanda). And it doesn't end there: see human ingenuity at work at Melvin Price Locks and Dam, relax in the rural setting at Eckert's Belleville Farm, tee off at Annbriar Golf Course, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Belleville holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Springfield to Belleville takes 2 hours. In August in Belleville, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Harrisburg.

Things to do in Belleville

Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Collinsville, World Shooting & Recreational Complex, Mississippi Mud Pottery, Annbriar Golf Course, Melvin Price Locks and Dam
Highlights from your plan
Boo Rochman Memorial Park ©
Boo Rochman Memorial Park
World Shooting & Recreational Complex ©
World Shooting & Recreational Complex
Giant City State Park ©
Giant City State Park

2
nights
Harrisburg

Harrisburg ©
Harrisburg is a city in and the county seat of Saline County, Illinois, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): hike along Jackson Falls Trail and then take in breathtaking views at Little Grand Canyon. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Rim Rock Recreation Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Shawnee National Forest, and then identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Harrisburg tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Belleville to Harrisburg takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in August, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Champaign.

Things to do in Harrisburg

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Little Grand Canyon, Rim Rock Recreation Trail, Jackson Falls Trail, Shawnee National Forest
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
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Champaign

Champaign ©
Champaign is a city in Champaign County, Illinois, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Champaign: Fox Ridge State Park (in Charleston), Kickapoo State Recreation Area (in Oakwood) and Douglas-Hart Nature Center (in Mattoon). The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Homer Lake Forest Preserve, let little ones run wild at Meadowbrook Park, head outdoors with lake of the woods county park, and trek along Busey Woods.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Champaign using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Harrisburg to Champaign takes 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, Fox Ridge State Park, Kickapoo State Recreation Area, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, lake of the woods county park
Highlights from your plan
Douglas-Hart Nature Center ©
Douglas-Hart Nature Center
Homer Lake Forest Preserve ©
Homer Lake Forest Preserve
Busey Woods ©
Busey Woods

3
nights
Utica

Utica ©
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Get out of town with these interesting Utica side-trips: Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. (in DeKalb), Bureau County Soldiers and Sailors Monument (in Princeton) and Hennepin Canal State Park (in Sheffield). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Anderson Japanese Gardens, immerse yourself in nature at Matthiessen State Park, walk around Allen Park, and hike along Starved Rock State Park.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Utica attractions planner.

You can drive from Champaign to Utica in 2 hours. In August in Utica, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Utica

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., Bureau County Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Allen Park, Baker Lake Park, Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve
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

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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, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, learn more about the world around you at Field Museum, and see where the action happens at Wrigley Field.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Chicago day trip planner.

You can drive from Utica to Chicago in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. August in Chicago sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can 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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