32 days in Illinois Itinerary

32 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Chicago Midway International Airport, Drive to Ottawa
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Ottawa
— 1 night
Drive
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Galena
— 4 nights
Drive
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Dixon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Peoria
— 3 nights
Drive
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Springfield
— 5 nights
Drive
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Alton
— 4 nights
Drive
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Casey
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chicago
— 7 nights
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Ottawa

— 1 night
Ottawa is a city located at the confluence of the navigable Illinois River and Fox River in LaSalle County, Illinois, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Ellwood House Museum, then sample the fine beverages at Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Washington Square Park. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Bureau County Historical Society Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Starved Rock State Park, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at SaltTreeYoga.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ottawa trip planner.

New York City to Ottawa is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Ottawa due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in March, plan for little chillier nights in Ottawa, with lows around 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Galena.

Things to do in Ottawa

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Galena

— 4 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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galena: Rock Island (Fryxell Geology Museum & Jumer's Casino Rock Island), Hero Street Memorial Monument (in Silvis) and Stockton Heritage Museum (in Stockton). Next up on the itinerary: sample the fine beverages at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, fly down the slopes at Chestnut Mountain Resort, and get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Galena trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ottawa to Galena in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 42°F in March, and nighttime lows around 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Dixon.

Things to do in Galena

Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Dixon

— 4 nights
Dixon is a city and county seat of Lee County, Illinois, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Dixon: Timber Lake Playhouse (in Mount Carroll), Barnacopia (in Polo) and Fulton (Windmill Cultural Center, Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area, &more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Old Settlers Memorial Cabin, get engrossed in the history at Veterans Memorial Park, examine the collection at The Eagle's Nest Art Colony Collection, and steep yourself in history at Oscar Taylor Home.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Dixon road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Galena to Dixon takes 2 hours. March in Dixon sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 26°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Peoria.

Things to do in Dixon

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Peoria

— 3 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Peoria: Funks Grove Church & Chapel in the Trees (in McLean), Discovery Depot Children's Museum (in Galesburg) and Bloomington (McLean County Museum of History & David Davis Mansion State Historic Site).

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You can drive from Dixon to Peoria in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in March, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Peoria

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Springfield

— 5 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Springfield: Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site (in Mount Pulaski) and Lincoln (Lincoln Heritage Museum & Lincoln County Illinois Courthouse). There's lots more to do: get lost in a book at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, ponder the world of politics at Illinois State Capitol, and get engrossed in the history at Lincoln Home National Historic Site.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Springfield trip planner.

Traveling by car from Peoria to Springfield takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in April, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Alton.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Alton

— 4 nights
Alton is a city on the Mississippi River in Madison County, Illinois, United States, about 15mi north of St. Get out of town with these interesting Alton side-trips: Big Muddy Brewing (in Murphysboro), Scott Field Heritage Air Park (in Belleville) and Illinois Rural Heritage Museum (in Pinckneyville). There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Great Rivers Scenic Route, examine the collection at World's Tallest Man Statue, don't miss a visit to Haskell Playhouse, and steep yourself in history at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.

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Traveling by car from Springfield to Alton takes 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Casey.

Things to do in Alton

Museums · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Shopping

Side Trips

Casey

— 3 nights
Casey is a city in Clark and Cumberland counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Casey: Heath Candy Bar Museum (in Robinson) and Castle Finn Vineyard & Winery (in Marshall). There's much more to do: make a trip to World's Largest Mailbox, go for a walk through The Big Yardstick, look for gifts at Casey's Candy Depot, and contemplate the long history of Lincoln Log Cabin.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Casey itinerary site.

Getting from Alton to Casey by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in April, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Casey

Wineries · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Chicago

— 7 nights

Windy City

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, stroll around Millennium Park, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Chicago sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Casey to Chicago takes 3.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Chicago are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Illinois travel guide

4.4
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.