39 days in Illinois Itinerary

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Chicago
— 10 nights
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Oglesby
— 4 nights
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Springfield
— 5 nights
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Peoria
— 5 nights
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Rock Island
— 3 nights
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Galena
— 5 nights
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Rockford
— 5 nights
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Chicago — 10 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Get out of town with these interesting Chicago side-trips: Naper Settlement (in Naperville), Morton Arboretum (in Lisle) and Chicago Botanic Garden (in Glencoe). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Chicago trip builder app.

Ahmedabad, India to Chicago is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from Ahmedabad to Chicago, you'll gain 11.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ahmedabad in December, things will get much colder in Chicago: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Oglesby.
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Oglesby — 4 nights

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oglesby: Princeton (Bureau County Historical Society Museum, Bureau County Soldiers and Sailors Monument, &more), Minonk Chocolate Company (in Minonk) and Weber House and Garden (in Streator).

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Oglesby trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Oglesby takes 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Oglesby can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Springfield.
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Springfield — 5 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Springfield: Great Rivers Scenic Route (in Alton), Lincoln Heritage Museum (in Lincoln) and Atlanta (Memories: Route 66 Museum & Atlanta Public Library). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House, ponder the world of politics at Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site, and identify plant and animal life at Lincoln Memorial Garden.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Springfield road trip planning app.

Drive from Oglesby to Springfield in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Peoria.
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Peoria — 5 nights

Explore Peoria's surroundings by going to Funk Prairie Home Museum (in Shirley), David Davis Mansion State Historic Site (in Bloomington) and University Galleries of Illinois State University (in Normal).

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Peoria route planner.

You can drive from Springfield to Peoria in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rock Island.
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Rock Island — 3 nights

Rock Island is a city in and the county seat of Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. Rock Island is known for casinos, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: look for gifts at John Deere Store, see the interesting displays at Hauberg Museum, get engrossed in the history at Rock Island Arsenal Museum, and admire the engineering at Mississippi River Lock and Dam No. 16.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rock Island holiday planning app.

Drive from Peoria to Rock Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Rock Island are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Galena.
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Galena — 5 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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galena: Timber Lake Playhouse (in Mount Carroll), Fulton (Windmill Cultural Center & Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area) and Stockton Heritage Museum (in Stockton). There's still lots to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., pause for some photo ops at Galena Veterans Memorial Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stroll through Chestnut Mountain Resort.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Galena route planner.

You can drive from Rock Island to Galena in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Rock Island in January, you will find days in Galena are slightly colder (-3°C), and nights are about the same (-14°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Rockford.
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Rockford — 5 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. Change things up with these side-trips from Rockford: McHenry County Historical Society (in Union), Tom's Farm Market and Greenhouse (in Huntley) and Prairie States Winery (in Genoa). The adventure continues: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., stroll around Sinnissippi Park, explore the engaging exhibits at Discovery Center Museum, and see the interesting displays at Barnacopia.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rockford trip planner.

Getting from Galena to Rockford by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In January in Rockford, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -12°C at night. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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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.
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