34 days in Illinois Itinerary

34 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois trip builder

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Rockford
— 1 night
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Galena
— 2 nights
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Rock Island
— 1 night
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Drive to Dubuque Regional Airport, Fly to Quad City International Airport, Drive to Nauvoo
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Nauvoo
— 5 nights
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Springfield
— 2 nights
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Collinsville
— 5 nights
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Normal
— 6 nights
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Ottawa
— 3 nights
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Chicago
— 8 nights

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Rockford

— 1 night
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. state of Illinois, the 171st most populous city in the United States, the largest city in Illinois outside of the Chicago metropolitan area, and the city of the 148th most populous metropolitan area in the United States. On the 7th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Oscar Taylor Home, and finally walk around Krape Park. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Dixon Riverfront Plaza, examine the collection at Northwest Territory Historic Center, and then examine the collection at Barnacopia.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Rockford holiday planner.

Chicago to Rockford is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from Chicago in January, Rockford is little chillier at night with lows of 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Galena.

Things to do in Rockford

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Galena

— 2 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. On the 9th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Apple River Fort, admire the sheer force of Thunder Bay Falls, then sample the fine beverages at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., then stop by Great American Popcorn Company, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Galena day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Rockford to Galena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. January in Galena sees daily highs of 27°F and lows of 10°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rock Island.

Things to do in Galena

Tours · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Rock Island

— 1 night
Rock Island is a city in and the county seat of Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. Bishop Hill Illinois has been added to your itinerary. On the 10th (Sun), make a trip to Bishop Hill Illinois, immerse yourself in nature at Mississippi Palisades State Park, then see the interesting displays at Rock Island Arsenal Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Atomic Cannon.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rock Island itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Galena to Rock Island takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Rock Island can reach 32°F, while at night they dip to 14°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Nauvoo.

Things to do in Rock Island

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nauvoo

— 5 nights
Nauvoo is a small city in Hancock County, Illinois, United States, on the Mississippi River near Fort Madison, Iowa. Your list of things to see and do now includes Old Fort Madison, Mark Twain Cave and Cameron Cave, Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse, and other attractions. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nauvoo: Quincy (All Wars Museum & John Wood Mansion). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Historic Nauvoo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carthage Jail, pause for some serene contemplation at Nauvoo Temple, and don't miss a visit to Joseph Smith Historic Site.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nauvoo trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rock Island to Nauvoo. January in Nauvoo sees daily highs of 35°F and lows of 17°F at night. You will leave for Springfield on the 16th (Sat).

Things to do in Nauvoo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Springfield

— 2 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Two Story Outhouse, Shea's Gas Station and Lauterbach Giant. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Two Story Outhouse, appreciate the history behind Lauterbach Giant, contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House, then take an in-depth tour of Union Station - Lincoln from History to Hollywood, then make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, and finally don't miss a visit to Shea's Gas Station. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Illinois Korean War Memorial, get lost in a book at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, then don't miss a visit to Rees Memorial Carillon, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lincoln Memorial Garden, and finally take in the views from Sugar Creek Covered Bridge.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Springfield driving holiday website.

You can drive from Nauvoo to Springfield in 3 hours. January in Springfield sees daily highs of 37°F and lows of 19°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Collinsville.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Collinsville

— 5 nights
Collinsville is a city located mainly in Madison County, and partially in St. Your list of things to see and do now includes World's Largest Catsup Bottle, Kaskaskia Dragon, Henry's Rabbit Ranch, and other attractions. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Collinsville: Alton (World's Tallest Man Statue & Great Rivers Scenic Route), Soulsby Service Station (in Mount Olive) and Abraham Lincoln Statue (in Hillsboro). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, immerse yourself in nature at Pere Marquette State Park, snap pictures at Little Mary's River Covered Bridge, and admire the engineering at Melvin Price Locks and Dam.

Planning Collinsville trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Drive from Springfield to Collinsville in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in January, and nighttime lows around 23°F. You will leave for Normal on the 23rd (Sat).

Things to do in Collinsville

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Normal

— 6 nights
Normal is a town in McLean County, Illinois, United States. Your list of things to see and do now includes The World's Largest Knitting Needles and Crochet Hook, World's Largest Rocking Chair, Spirit of Peoria - Day Tours, and other attractions. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of McLean County Museum of History, see the interesting displays at Funk Prairie Home Museum, and look for gifts at Beer Nuts.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Normal tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Collinsville to Normal takes 2.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Collinsville in January: high temperatures in Normal hover around 32°F and lows are around 16°F. You will leave for Ottawa on the 29th (Fri).

Things to do in Normal

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Ottawa

— 3 nights
Ottawa is a city located at the confluence of the navigable Illinois River and Fox River in LaSalle County, Illinois, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Joliet Prison, Gemini Giant and Red Covered Bridge. Step out of Ottawa to go to Princeton and see Captain Swift Covered Bridge, which is approximately 50 minutes away. It doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Hegeler Carus Mansion and do a tasting at August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. Tasting Room.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ottawa online trip planner.

Getting from Normal to Ottawa by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°F, and evening lows to 17°F. On the 1st (Mon), you'll travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Ottawa

Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Chicago

— 8 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Leaning Tower of Niles, Illinois Beach State Park and Grosse Point Lighthouse. When in Chicago, make a side trip to see Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, approximately Glencoe away. And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Millennium Park, get engrossed in the history at Chicago History Museum, explore the world behind art at Richard H. Driehaus Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Chicago travel route planning site.

Drive from Ottawa to Chicago in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°F, and evening lows to 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Illinois travel guide

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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.