31 days in Illinois Itinerary

31 days in Illinois Itinerary

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31 days in Illinois Itinerary

Start: Chicago
1
Chicago
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Utica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Champaign
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Belleville
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Springfield
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Peoria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Galena
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Rockford
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Chicago

4
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 the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, and get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo.

Plan trip to Chicago with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Chicago. In July in Chicago, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Utica.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Navy Pier ©
Navy Pier
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

3
nights
Utica

Utica ©
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Explore Utica's surroundings by going to Silver Springs State Park (in Yorkville), Shabbona Lake State Park (in Shabbona) and Bureau County Soldiers and Sailors Monument (in Princeton). There's much more to do: trek along Starved Rock State Park, appreciate the history behind Wild Bill Hickok Memorial, admire the majestic nature at Johnson-Sauk Trail - State Recreation Area, and walk around Hennepin Canal State Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Utica itinerary app .

You can drive from Chicago to Utica in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in July, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Champaign.

Things to do in Utica

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trips

Wild Bill Hickok Memorial, The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial, Silver Springs State Park, Bureau County Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Shabbona Lake State Park
Highlights from your plan
Hennepin Canal State Park ©
Hennepin Canal State Park
Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park
Matthiessen State Park ©
Matthiessen State Park

4
nights
Champaign

Champaign ©
Champaign is a city in Champaign County, Illinois, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Champaign: Lincoln Trail State Park (in Marshall), Douglas-Hart Nature Center (in Mattoon) and Walnut Point State Park (in Oakland). There's lots more to do: hike along Busey Woods, shop like a local with Larry Kanfer Photography Gallery, get outside with lake of the woods county park, and don't miss a visit to World's Largest Rocking Chair.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Champaign road trip website .

You can drive from Utica to Champaign in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Champaign can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Belleville.

Things to do in Champaign

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Urbana, Fox Ridge State Park, Walnut Point State Park, Douglas-Hart Nature Center, World's Largest Rocking Chair
Highlights from your plan
Busey Woods ©
Busey Woods
Fox Ridge State Park ©
Fox Ridge State Park
Douglas-Hart Nature Center ©
Douglas-Hart Nature Center

4
nights
Belleville

Belleville ©
Belleville is a city in St. Get out of town with these interesting Belleville side-trips: Boo Rochman Memorial Park (in Carbondale), World Shooting & Recreational Complex (in Sparta) and Pomona Natural Bridge (in Pomona). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Giant City State Park, get your game on at Fun Spot Skating Center, steep yourself in history at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, and experience rural life at Eckert's Belleville Farm.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Belleville trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Champaign to Belleville takes 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Belleville can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Belleville

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Mississippi Mud Pottery, Pomona Natural Bridge, Melvin Price Locks and Dam, World Shooting & Recreational Complex, Boo Rochman Memorial Park
Highlights from your plan
Boo Rochman Memorial Park ©
Boo Rochman Memorial Park
World Shooting & Recreational Complex ©
Giant City State Park ©
Giant City State Park

4
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Explore Springfield's surroundings by going to Rock Springs Conservation Area & Nature Center (in Decatur), Great Rivers Scenic Route (in Alton) and Beaver Dam State Park (in Carlinville). The adventure continues: browse the collection at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, snap pictures at Sugar Creek Covered Bridge, admire the striking features of Elijah Iles House, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lou Yaeger.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Springfield trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Belleville to Springfield takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Peoria.

Things to do in Springfield

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Great Rivers Scenic Route, Sugar Creek Covered Bridge, Bremer Sanctuary, Beaver Dam State Park, Rock Springs Conservation Area & Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Memorial Garden ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden
Bremer Sanctuary ©
Bremer Sanctuary
Beaver Dam State Park ©
Beaver Dam State Park

3
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. Change things up with these side-trips from Peoria: Vectorman's Arcadia: America's Playable Arcade Museum (in McLean), Bloomington (Gradys Fun Park & Constitution Trail) and Rock Island Trail (in Wyoming). There's lots more to do: explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Discovery Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Metamora Courthouse, examine the collection at Wheels O' Time Museum, and take a memorable drive along Grand View Drive.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Peoria trip site .

Traveling by car from Springfield to Peoria takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Peoria sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Galena.

Things to do in Peoria

Outdoors Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Bloomington, Metamora Courthouse, Rock Island Trail, Vectorman's Arcadia: America's Playable Arcade Museum, Pekin Park District
Highlights from your plan
Pekin Park District ©
Pekin Park District
Grand View Drive ©
Grand View Drive

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. Change things up with these side-trips from Galena: Timber Lake Playhouse (in Mount Carroll), Thomson Causeway Recreation Area (in Thomson) and Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area (in Fulton). The adventure continues: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., play a few rounds at TPC Deere Run, grab your bike and head to Great River Trail, and contemplate the long history of Washburne House State Historic Site.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Galena trip planner .

You can drive from Peoria to Galena in 3 hours. Traveling from Peoria in July, Galena is slightly colder at night with lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Rockford.

Things to do in Galena

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Thomson Causeway Recreation Area, Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area, Timber Lake Playhouse, TPC Deere Run, Great River Trail
Highlights from your plan
Timber Lake Playhouse ©
Timber Lake Playhouse
Thomson Causeway Recreation Area ©
Thomson Causeway Recreation Area
TPC Deere Run ©
TPC Deere Run

4
nights
Rockford

Rockford ©
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. (in DeKalb), Franklin Creek Grist Mill (in Franklin Grove) and Freeport (Krape City Park & Jane Addams Recreation Trail). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Anderson Japanese Gardens, explore the engaging exhibits at Discovery Center Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Stone Bridge Trail, and identify plant and animal life at Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rockford trip planner .

Getting from Galena to Rockford by car takes about 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Rockford are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Freeport, Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., Stone Bridge Trail, Illinois Railway Museum, Franklin Creek Grist Mill
Highlights from your plan
Anderson Japanese Gardens ©
Anderson Japanese Gardens
Discovery Center Museum ©
Discovery Center Museum
Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve ©
Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve

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