38 days in Illinois Itinerary

38 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Chicago
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Naperville
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Rockford
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Moline
— 5 nights
Drive
5
Bloomington
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Quincy
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Springfield
— 4 nights
Drive
8
Effingham
— 4 nights
Drive
9
Marion
— 4 nights
Drive to Scott AFB/Midamerica Airport, Fly to Stockholm-Arlanda Airport

S M T W T F S
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11

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 Garfield Park Conservatory for their historical value. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Richard H. Driehaus Museum, explore the landscape on two wheels at Lakefront Trail, take a stroll through The Loop, and ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Chicago tour itinerary planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Chicago is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Stockholm to Chicago due to the time zone 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 · Neighborhoods · Parks

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

Parks · Nature · 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 National Mustard Museum. Let the collections at Discovery Center Museum and Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Rockford side-trips: Geneva Lake Shore Path (in Lake Geneva) and Rotary Botanical Gardens (in Janesville). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Anderson Japanese Gardens, see the interesting displays at Historical Auto Attractions, 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 · Trails · Outdoors

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 National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Moline: Galena (The Old Blacksmith Shop, Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum, &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 Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. Change things up with these side-trips from Bloomington: Wheels O' Time Museum (in Dunlap) and Pontiac (Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum & IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Prairie Aviation Museum, look for gifts at Beer Nuts, and take an in-depth tour of McLean County Museum of History.

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

You can 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Quincy.

Things to do in Bloomington

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

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 Quincy Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Rockcliffe Mansion and Mark Twain Cave and Cameron Cave. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Quincy: Nauvoo (Brigham Young Home & Historic Nauvoo) and Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse (in Hannibal). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at All Wars Museum and get engrossed in the history at Gardner Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Quincy road trip 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Quincy

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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 Illinois State Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old State Capitol and Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Go for a jaunt from Springfield to Petersburg to see Lincolns New Salem State Park about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, steep yourself in history at Edwards Place Historic Home, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Camp Butler National Cemetery.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Springfield online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Quincy to Springfield takes 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can 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 National Blues Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site and Old Courthouse. Explore Effingham's surroundings by going to Saint Louis (Grant’s Farm, Missouri History Museum, &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 Purple Toad Winery. Step off the beaten path and head to Garden of the Gods and Shawnee National Forest. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marion: Rendleman Orchards (in Alto Pass), Paducah Riverwalk (in Paducah) and Giant City State Park (in Makanda). There's more to do: get outside with Rent One Park.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Marion trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Effingham to Marion in 2 hours. In July in Marion, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 23°C at night. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marion

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Illinois travel guide

4.4
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.