4 days in Chicago, Springfield & Saint Louis Itinerary

4 days in Chicago, Springfield & Saint Louis Itinerary

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4 days in Chicago, Springfield & Saint Louis Itinerary

Start: Chicago
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Chicago
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Springfield
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Saint Louis
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Chicago

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night
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 8th (Fri), explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, and then take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, see the interesting displays at Swedish American Museum, and then meet the residents at Lincoln Park Zoo.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Chicago itinerary planning tool .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Chicago. March in Chicago sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

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Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Lincoln Home National Historic Site, then take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Illinois State Capitol, and finally admire the natural beauty at Lincoln Memorial Garden.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Springfield holiday builder tool .

Getting from Chicago to Springfield by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Chicago, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Springfield, ranging from highs of 51°F to lows of 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Lincoln Memorial Garden ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©

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Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
On the 11th (Mon), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Saint Louis Zoo and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sachs Butterfly House.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint Louis trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Springfield to Saint Louis takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In March in Saint Louis, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Sachs Butterfly House
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Sachs Butterfly House ©
Sachs Butterfly House
Saint Louis Zoo ©
Saint Louis Zoo

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