4 days in Chicago, Springfield & Saint Louis Itinerary

4 days in Chicago, Springfield & Saint Louis Itinerary

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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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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, stroll around Millennium Park, and then wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, thenexamine the collection at Swedish American Museum, and then get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Chicago trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Chicago. In March, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. 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
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile

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Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
On the 10th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Lincoln Home National Historic Site, get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, thenget a sense of history and politics at Illinois State Capitol, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Lincoln Memorial Garden.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Springfield online visit planner.

Getting from Chicago to Springfield by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Chicago in March, you will find days in Springfield are somewhat warmer (51°F), and nights are about the same (31°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Springfield

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Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©
Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Lincoln Memorial Garden ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden

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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), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Saint Louis Zoo and then identify plant and animal life at The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis trip website.

Getting from Springfield to Saint Louis by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Saint Louis can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trip

The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House
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The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House ©
The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House
Saint Louis Zoo ©
Saint Louis Zoo

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