36 days in Illinois Itinerary

36 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois tour planner

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Galena
— 4 nights
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Dixon
— 4 nights
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Peoria
— 4 nights
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Springfield
— 4 nights
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Edwardsville
— 4 nights
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Marion
— 4 nights
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Casey
— 4 nights
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Chicago
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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. Step out of Galena to go to Savanna and see Mississippi Palisades State Park, which is approximately 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., get a taste of the local shopping with River Bend Gallery, walk around West Street Sculpture Park, and take an in-depth tour of Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Galena trip builder site.

New York City to Galena is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Galena due to the time zone difference. 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 · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Dixon

— 4 nights
Dixon is a city and county seat of Lee County, Illinois, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dixon: Anderson Japanese Gardens (in Rockford), Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area (in Fulton) and Jumer's Casino Rock Island (in Rock Island). The adventure continues: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., pause for some photo ops at Bureau County Soldiers and Sailors Monument, tour the pleasant surroundings at Great River Trail, and see the interesting displays at Barnacopia.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Dixon road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Galena to Dixon takes 2 hours. November in Dixon sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 30°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Peoria.

Things to do in Dixon

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Peoria

— 4 nights
Explore Peoria's surroundings by going to Bloomington (Evergreen Memorial Cemetery & Constitution Trail), Atlanta (Memories: Route 66 Museum & Atlanta Public Library) and Rock Island Trail (in Wyoming).

Discover how to plan a Peoria trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Dixon to Peoria takes 2 hours. November in Peoria sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Peoria

Museums · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Springfield

— 4 nights

Flower City

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). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Lincoln Memorial Garden, make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, and let little ones run wild at Washington Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Springfield day trip planning app.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Edwardsville.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Edwardsville

— 4 nights
Edwardsville is a city in Madison County, Illinois, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Edwardsville: Soulsby Service Station (in Mount Olive), Great Rivers Scenic Route (in Alton) and Piney Creek Ravine - State Natural Area (in Chester). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of The 1820 Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Miner Park, stroll around Gordon F. Moore Community Park, and experience rural life at Schwartz Orchard.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Edwardsville trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Springfield to Edwardsville takes 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) so you can travel to Marion.

Things to do in Edwardsville

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Marion

— 4 nights
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: Mound City National Cemetery (in Mound City), Rim Rock Recreation Trail (in Golconda) and Garden of the Gods (in Harrisburg). There's lots more to do: hike along Shawnee Hills, stop by Rendleman Orchards, do a tasting at Alto Vineyards, and stroll through Pomona Natural Bridge.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Marion day trip app.

You can drive from Edwardsville to Marion in 2 hours. In November in Marion, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Casey.

Things to do in Marion

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Casey

— 4 nights
Casey is a city in Clark and Cumberland counties in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Casey: Douglas-Hart Nature Center (in Mattoon), Heath Candy Bar Museum (in Robinson) and Urbana (Busey Woods & Market at the Square). There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Vermilion County War Museum, don't miss a visit to World's Largest Rocking Chair, immerse yourself in nature at Fox Ridge State Park, and delve into the lush surroundings at Homer Lake Forest Preserve.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Casey trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Marion to Casey takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in November, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Casey

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum, and test your problem-solving skills at Team vs Time.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Chicago day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Casey to Chicago takes 3.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 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 · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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.