34 days in Illinois Itinerary

34 days in Illinois Itinerary

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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
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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: go for a walk through 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.
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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 drive; or 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.
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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 drive; or 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 go by car to Nauvoo.
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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 Nauvoo State Park, 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).
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Springfield — 2 nights

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 next day, pause for some photo ops at Illinois Korean War Memorial, browse the collection 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 stroll through Sugar Creek Covered Bridge.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Springfield trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Nauvoo to Springfield by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. January in Springfield sees daily highs of 37°F and lows of 19°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Collinsville.
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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: Soulsby Service Station (in Mount Olive), Alton (World's Tallest Man Statue & Great Rivers Scenic Route) and Abraham Lincoln Statue (in Hillsboro). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, see human ingenuity at work at Melvin Price Locks and Dam, snap pictures at Little Mary's River Covered Bridge, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Stubborn German Brewing.

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Drive from Springfield to Collinsville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in January, and nighttime lows around 23°F. You will leave for Normal on the 23rd (Sat).
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Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
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Normal — 6 nights

Normal is a town in McLean County, Illinois, United States. Your list of things to see and do now includes Big 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 Brand Snacks.

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. Alternatively, you can drive. 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).
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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 Old 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.
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Chicago — 8 nights

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. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Millennium Park, get engrossed in the history at Chicago History Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fourth Presbyterian Church, and laugh and play at Navy Pier.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago road trip app.

You can drive from Ottawa to Chicago in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°F in February, and nighttime lows around 20°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
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Illinois travel guide

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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.
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