38 days in Illinois Itinerary

38 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois vacation planner

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Chicago
— 5 nights
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Naperville
— 3 nights
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Rockford
— 4 nights
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Moline
— 5 nights
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Bloomington
— 4 nights
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Quincy
— 3 nights
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Springfield
— 4 nights
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Effingham
— 4 nights
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Marion
— 4 nights
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Chicago

— 5 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
The Art Institute of Chicago and Oriental Institute Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Chicago Riverwalk and Fourth Presbyterian Church for their historical value. The adventure continues: take a stroll through The Loop, admire the striking features of Chicago Cultural Center, explore the landscape on two wheels at Lakefront Trail, and buy something for everyone on your list at Water Tower Place.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago holiday planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Chicago is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. In June, Chicago is a bit warmer than Stockholm - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Naperville.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods

Naperville

— 3 nights
Naperville is a city in DuPage and Will counties in the U.S. state of Illinois, and a suburb of Chicago. Take a break from the city and head to Matthiessen State Park and Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve. Shop till you drop at Chicago Premium Outlets and St. Charles History Museum and The Curious Fox Gift. Get out of town with these interesting Naperville side-trips: Starved Rock State Park (in Utica) and Volo Auto Museum (in Volo). It doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverwalk Lot and browse the exhibits of Cantigny Park.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Naperville trip tool.

Drive from Chicago to Naperville in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rockford.

Things to do in Naperville

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rockford

— 4 nights
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. Explore hidden gems such as Cave of the Mounds and Discovery Center Museum. Let the collections at National Mustard Museum and Historical Auto Attractions capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Rockford side-trips: Rotary Botanical Gardens (in Janesville) and Geneva Lake Shore Path (in Lake Geneva). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Anderson Japanese Gardens, see the interesting displays at Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens, and get a new perspective on nature at Burpee Museum of Natural History.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rockford trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Naperville to Rockford in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Moline.

Things to do in Rockford

Museums · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Moline

— 5 nights
Moline is a city located in Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. Shop till you drop at Iowa 80, World's Largest Truck Stop and River Bend Gallery. Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Moline: National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (in Cedar Rapids) and Galena (The Old Blacksmith Shop, Spas, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, examine the collection at Buffalo Bill Museum, explore the world behind art at Figge Art Museum, and try to win big at Jumer's Casino Rock Island.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Moline trip planner.

Getting from Rockford to Moline by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bloomington.

Things to do in Moline

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Bloomington

— 4 nights
Bloomington is a city in and the county seat of McLean County, Illinois, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Grand View Drive and Constitution Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Caterpillar Visitors Center and IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Bloomington: Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum (in Pontiac) and Wheels O' Time Museum (in Dunlap). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, look for gifts at Beer Nuts, get engrossed in the history at McLean County Museum of History, and see the interesting displays at Prairie Aviation Museum.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Bloomington visit app.

Drive from Moline to Bloomington in 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Quincy.

Things to do in Bloomington

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Quincy

— 3 nights
Quincy, known as Illinois's "Gem City," is a city in and the county seat of Adams County, Illinois, United States, located on the Mississippi River. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Historic Nauvoo. Explore hidden gems such as Rockcliffe Mansion and Mark Twain Cave and Cameron Cave. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Quincy: Brigham Young Home (in Nauvoo) and Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse (in Hannibal). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Quincy Museum and get engrossed in the history at Gardner Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Quincy itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Bloomington to Quincy takes 3 hours. In June, daytime highs in Quincy are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Quincy

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dana-Thomas House and Old State Capitol. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lincolns New Salem State Park and Edwards Place Historic Home. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Illinois State Museum, take an in-depth tour of Union Station - Lincoln from History to Hollywood, learn about all things military at Korean War National Museum, and don't miss a visit to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Springfield travel route builder tool.

Drive from Quincy to Springfield in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Effingham.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Effingham

— 4 nights
Effingham is the largest city in, and the county seat of, Effingham County, Illinois, United States. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and Saint Louis Art Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site and Old Courthouse. Explore Effingham's surroundings by going to Saint Louis (National Blues Museum, Grant’s Farm, &more). It doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Tuscan Hills Winery and stop by Hodgson Mill.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Effingham day trip planning app.

Getting from Springfield to Effingham by car takes about 2 hours. In June in Effingham, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Marion.

Things to do in Effingham

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trips

Marion

— 4 nights
Marion is a city in and the county seat of Williamson County, Illinois, United States. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The National Quilt Museum and Paducah Riverwalk. Step off the beaten path and head to Garden of the Gods and Purple Toad Winery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marion: Rendleman Orchards (in Alto Pass) and Giant City State Park (in Makanda). It doesn't end there: head outdoors with Rent One Park and delve into the lush surroundings at Shawnee National Forest.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Marion tour builder website.

Drive from Effingham to Marion in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Marion can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Marion

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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.