36 days in Illinois Itinerary

36 days in Illinois Itinerary

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36 days in Illinois Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Galena
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Dixon
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Peoria
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Springfield
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Edwardsville
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Marion
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Casey
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Chicago
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
End: New York City

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. When in Galena, make a side trip to see Mississippi Palisades State Park in Savanna, approximately 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: sample the fine beverages at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., get your game on at Psychic Medium Chris McBrien, get a taste of the local shopping with Mangelsen - Images of Nature Gallery, and steep yourself in history at Apple River Fort.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Galena using our trip planner.

New York City to Galena is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in November, things will get slightly colder in Galena: highs are around 45°F and lows about 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Dixon.

Things to do in Galena

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Mississippi Palisades State Park, Apple River Fort
Highlights from your plan
Grant Park ©
Grant Park
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. ©
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.
Ulysses S. Grant Home ©
Ulysses S. Grant Home

4
nights
Dixon

Dixon ©
Dixon is a city and county seat of Lee County, Illinois, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dixon: Jumer's Casino Rock Island (in Rock Island), Anderson Japanese Gardens (in Rockford) and Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area (in Fulton). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., contemplate the long history of Oscar Taylor Home, examine the collection at Barnacopia, and relax in the rural setting at Edwards Apple Orchard.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Dixon planner .

You can drive from Galena to Dixon in 2 hours. In November in Dixon, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 30°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Peoria.

Things to do in Dixon

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Barnacopia, Johnson-Sauk Trail - State Recreation Area, Anderson Japanese Gardens, Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., Great River Trail
Highlights from your plan
Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. ©
Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.
Anderson Japanese Gardens ©
Anderson Japanese Gardens
Edwards Apple Orchard ©
Edwards Apple Orchard

4
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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Peoria: Bloomington (Evergreen Memorial Cemetery & Constitution Trail), Atlanta (Memories: Route 66 Museum & Atlanta Public Library) and Rock Island Trail (in Wyoming). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Wheels O' Time Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Metamora Courthouse, have some family-friendly fun at Vectorman's Arcadia: America's Playable Arcade Museum, and learn about all things military at Livingston County War Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Peoria trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Dixon to Peoria by car takes about 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Peoria can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Springfield.

Things to do in Peoria

Museums Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Pontiac, Bloomington, Atlanta, Wheels O' Time Museum, J.K. Williams Distilling
Highlights from your plan
Memories: Route 66 Museum ©
Memories: Route 66 Museum
Evergreen Memorial Cemetery ©
Evergreen Memorial Cemetery
Metamora Courthouse ©
Metamora Courthouse

4
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Springfield: lake of the woods county park (in Mahomet) and Decatur (Wabash Depot Antique Mall & Rock Springs Conservation Area & Nature Center). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, enjoy some diversion at Washington Park, stroll the grounds of Camp Butler National Cemetery, and stroll around Union Square Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Springfield trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Peoria to Springfield takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Springfield, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Edwardsville.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Decatur, Apple Barn, lake of the woods county park
Highlights from your plan
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Lincoln Memorial Garden ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden

4
nights
Edwardsville

Edwardsville ©
Edwardsville is a city in Madison County, Illinois, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Edwardsville: Piney Creek Ravine - State Natural Area (in Chester), Great Rivers Scenic Route (in Alton) and Soulsby Service Station (in Mount Olive). And it doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at Willoughby Heritage Farms, walk around Silver Lake Park, stop by Mississippi Mud Pottery, and admire the engineering at Melvin Price Locks and Dam.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Edwardsville day trip planning site .

Getting from Springfield to Edwardsville by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Marion.

Things to do in Edwardsville

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Alton, Soulsby Service Station, Schwartz Orchard, Melvin Price Locks and Dam, Braeutigam Orchards
Highlights from your plan
Gordon F. Moore Community Park ©
Gordon F. Moore Community Park
Braeutigam Orchards ©
Braeutigam Orchards

4
nights
Marion

Marion ©
Marion is a city in and the county seat of Williamson County, Illinois, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marion: Garden of the Gods (in Harrisburg), Mound City National Cemetery (in Mound City) and Rim Rock Recreation Trail (in Golconda). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Henry N Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center, hike along Shawnee Hills, learn about winemaking at Alto Vineyards, and stroll through Pomona Natural Bridge.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Marion trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Edwardsville to Marion by car takes about 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Marion are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Casey.

Things to do in Marion

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Alto Pass, Pomona Natural Bridge, Jefferson County Historical Village, Rim Rock Recreation Trail, Garden of the Gods
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Rim Rock Recreation Trail ©
Rim Rock Recreation Trail
Mound City National Cemetery ©
Mound City National Cemetery

4
nights
Casey

Casey ©
Casey is a city in Clark and Cumberland counties in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Casey side-trips: Urbana (Busey Woods & Market at the Square), Heath Candy Bar Museum (in Robinson) and Douglas-Hart Nature Center (in Mattoon). There's lots more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Homer Lake Forest Preserve, don't miss a visit to The World's Largest Knitting Needles and Crochet Hook, walk around Charley Brown Memorial Park, and learn about all things military at Vermilion County War Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Casey online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Marion to Casey takes 2.5 hours. In November in Casey, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Casey

Parks Trails Nature

Side Trips

Urbana, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, Douglas-Hart Nature Center, Charley Brown Memorial Park, Fox Ridge State Park
Highlights from your plan
Busey Woods ©
Busey Woods
Homer Lake Forest Preserve ©
Homer Lake Forest Preserve
Charley Brown Memorial Park ©
Charley Brown Memorial Park

7
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, parks, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, enjoy breathtaking views from 360 Chicago Observation Deck, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, and get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Chicago trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Casey to Chicago in 3.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Chicago are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Oak Park
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

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