31 days in Saint Louis, Springfield & Chicago Itinerary

31 days in Saint Louis, Springfield & Chicago Itinerary

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31 days in Saint Louis, Springfield & Chicago Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  15​h
1
Saint Louis
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Springfield
— 9 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Chicago
— 11 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Rome

9
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
The Gateway Arch and Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and Deutschheim State Historic Site. Venture out of the city with trips to Castlewood State Park (in Ballwin), Hermann (Stone Hill Winery & Sugar Momma's) and Meramec Caverns (in Stanton). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Sachs Butterfly House, relax in the rural setting at Grant's Farm, examine the collection at City Museum, and immerse yourself in nature at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Saint Louis trip builder website .

Rome, Italy to Saint Louis is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Springfield.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hermann, Chesterfield, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Indian Harvest, Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
City Museum ©
City Museum
Missouri Botanical Garden ©
Missouri Botanical Garden

9
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Get some historical perspective at Lincoln Memorial Garden and Dana-Thomas House. Get a sense of the local culture at Lincoln Home National Historic Site and Vachel Lindsay Home. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Springfield: Monticello Railway Museum (in Monticello), Champaign Public Library (in Champaign) and Bloomington (Miller Park Zoo, McLean County Museum of History, & more). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, do a tasting at Walnut Street Winery, make a trip to Rees Memorial Carillon, and make a splash at Knight's Action Park & Caribbean Water Adventure.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Springfield road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Saint Louis to Springfield takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Springfield are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Springfield

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bloomington, Urbana, Monticello Railway Museum, Champaign Public Library, Weldon Springs State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Memorial Garden ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©

11
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Silver Beach County Park and North Beach Park. For shopping fun, head to The Magnificent Mile or American Girl Place. Get out of town with these interesting Chicago side-trips: Gary Southshore Railcats (in Gary), Three Oaks Recreation Area (in Crystal Lake) and Grand Mere State Park (in Stevensville). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, examine the collection at The Field Museum, admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and stroll through Montrose Beach.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Chicago trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and subway from Springfield to Chicago in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. June in Chicago sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oak Park, Three Oaks Recreation Area, River Trail Nature Center, Lake Michigan, Gary Southshore Railcats
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Field Museum ©
Field Museum
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile

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