38 days in Illinois Itinerary

38 days in Illinois Itinerary

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38 days in Illinois Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
1
Casey
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Marion
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Edwardsville
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Springfield
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Peoria
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Galena
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Dixon
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Chicago
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Denver

4
nights
Casey

Casey ©
Casey is a city in Clark and Cumberland counties in the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Danville (Kennekuk County Park, Vermilion County War Museum, & more), Larry Kanfer Photography Gallery (in Champaign) and Urbana (Market at the Square, Busey Woods, & more). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Homer Lake Forest Preserve, make a trip to World's Largest Mailbox, stop by Casey's Candy Depot, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Ridge State Park.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Casey attractions planner .

Denver to Casey is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Denver to Casey, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 47°F in Casey. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Marion.

Things to do in Casey

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Urbana, Danville, Larry Kanfer Photography, Fox Ridge State Park, Homer Lake Forest Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Busey Woods ©
Busey Woods
Homer Lake Forest Preserve ©
Homer Lake Forest Preserve
Vermilion County War Museum ©
Vermilion County War Museum

5
nights
Marion

Marion ©
Marion is a city in and the county seat of Williamson County, Illinois, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Marion side-trips: Pomona Natural Bridge (in Pomona), Jackson Falls Trail (in Ozark) and Rendleman Orchards (in Alto Pass). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, browse the collection at Cairo Public LIbrary, steep yourself in history at Little Mary's River Covered Bridge, and get to know the fascinating history of Jefferson County Historical Village.

For where to stay and more tourist information, read Marion trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Casey to Marion takes 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Marion can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Edwardsville.

Things to do in Marion

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Illinois, Little Mary's River Covered Bridge, Rendleman Orchards, Pomona Natural Bridge, Mound City National Cemetery
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
Edwardsville

Edwardsville ©
Edwardsville is a city in Madison County, Illinois, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Great Rivers Scenic Route (in Alton), O'Fallon Community Park (in O'Fallon) and Piney Creek Ravine - State Natural Area (in Chester). Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Willoughby Heritage Farms, contemplate the long history of Eversgerd’s Civil War Fort, explore the activities along Lake Lou Yaeger, and learn about winemaking at Hidden Lake Winery.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Edwardsville trip planner .

Traveling by car from Marion to Edwardsville takes 2 hours. October in Edwardsville sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Edwardsville

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Collinsville, Alton, Piney Creek Ravine - State Natural Area, Hidden Lake Winery, Eversgerd’s Civil War Fort
Highlights from your plan
Miner Park ©
Miner Park
Braeutigam Orchards ©
Braeutigam Orchards

5
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Get out of town with these interesting Springfield side-trips: Lincoln Heritage Museum (in Lincoln), lake of the woods county park (in Mahomet) and Rock Springs Conservation Area & Nature Center (in Decatur). There's much more to do: browse the collection at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Lincoln Memorial Garden, experience rural life at Apple Barn, and ponder the world of politics at Illinois State Capitol.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Springfield trip planner.

You can drive from Edwardsville to Springfield in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Peoria.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sugar Creek Covered Bridge, Lincoln Heritage Museum, lake of the woods county park, Rock Springs Conservation Area & Nature Center, Apple Barn
Highlights from your plan
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©

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 Peoria's surroundings by going to Funk Prairie Home Museum (in Shirley), Spring Lake Park (in Macomb) and Bloomington (Gradys Fun Park, Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, & more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Memories: Route 66 Museum, pause for some photo ops at Dan Fogelberg Memorial, ponder the world of politics at Metamora Courthouse, and contemplate the long history of Atlanta Public Library.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Peoria trip planner.

Getting from Springfield to Peoria by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. October in Peoria sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Galena.

Things to do in Peoria

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bloomington, Pontiac, Atlanta, Funk Prairie Home Museum, Spring Lake Park
Highlights from your plan
Memories: Route 66 Museum ©
Memories: Route 66 Museum
Evergreen Memorial Cemetery ©
Evergreen Memorial Cemetery
Metamora Courthouse ©
Metamora Courthouse

5
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Savanna (Mississippi Palisades State Park & Havencrest Castle) and Massbach Ridge Winery (in Elizabeth). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., look for gifts at FiberWild!, contemplate the long history of Ulysses S. Grant Home, and get engrossed in the history at Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Galena tour itinerary maker .

Drive from Peoria to Galena in 3 hours. Traveling from Peoria in November, expect Galena to be a bit cooler, temps between 45°F and 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Dixon.

Things to do in Galena

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Elizabeth, Savanna
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. Change things up with these side-trips from Dixon: Timber Lake Playhouse (in Mount Carroll), Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area (in Fulton) and Anderson Japanese Gardens (in Rockford). There's lots more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., appreciate the history behind Bureau County Soldiers and Sailors Monument, try your luck at Jumer's Casino Rock Island, and look for all kinds of wild species at Thomson Causeway Recreation Area.

Make your Dixon itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Galena to Dixon by car takes about 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Dixon are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Dixon

Parks Fun & Games Nature

Side Trips

Bureau County Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Johnson-Sauk Trail - State Recreation Area, Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area, Great River Trail, Thomson Causeway Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. ©
Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.
Anderson Japanese Gardens ©
Anderson Japanese Gardens
Timber Lake Playhouse ©
Timber Lake Playhouse

6
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, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile, and examine the collection at The Field Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago travel planning site .

You can drive from Dixon to Chicago in 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Chicago are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Oak Park
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower ©
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower

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