42 days in Illinois Itinerary

42 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois trip planner

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

— 4 nights
Moline is a city located in Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. Appreciate the collections at Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and Figge Art Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ulysses S. Grant Home and Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Moline: Galena (Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., Spas, &more). Next up on the itinerary: try to win big at Jumer's Casino Rock Island, stroll the grounds of Riverside Cemetery, and see the interesting displays at Buffalo Bill Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Moline trip builder site.

Stockholm, Sweden to Moline is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Stockholm to Moline. In June, Moline is a bit warmer than Stockholm - with highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Effingham.

Things to do in Moline

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Effingham

— 3 nights
Effingham is the largest city in, and the county seat of, Effingham County, Illinois, United States. Visiting TREC Calico Trail and Beall Woods State Park will get you outdoors. Mid America Motorworks, My Garage Museum and Thomas Lincoln Cemetery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Effingham side-trips: Douglas-Hart Nature Center (in Mattoon) and Lake Shelbyville (in Shelbyville). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Tuscan Hills Winery and get some fabulous bargains at Hodgson Mill.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Effingham route planning site.

You can drive from Moline to Effingham in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. In June, daily temperatures in Effingham can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rockford.

Things to do in Effingham

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Rockford

— 3 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. Discovery Center Museum and Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Anderson Japanese Gardens and Geneva Lake Shore Path. Venture out of the city with trips to New Glarus Brewing Company (in New Glarus) and Rotary Botanical Gardens (in Janesville). Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Burpee Museum of Natural History.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Rockford trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Effingham to Rockford in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In June, daily temperatures in Rockford can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks · Museums · Trails · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Chicago

— 5 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chicago Riverwalk and The Loop. Appreciate the collections at The Art Institute of Chicago and Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank. There's much more to do: shop like a local with Chicago Cultural Center, explore the world behind art at Richard H. Driehaus Museum, hike along Lakefront Trail, and get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Chicago online holiday planner.

You can drive from Rockford to Chicago in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. In June, daytime highs in Chicago are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Naperville.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Naperville

— 3 nights
Naperville is a city in DuPage and Will counties in the U.S. state of Illinois, and a suburb of Chicago. Do some cultural sightseeing at Riverwalk Lot and Cantigny Park. Head to Chicago Premium Outlets and St. Charles History Museum and The Curious Fox Giftfor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Naperville side-trips: Volo Auto Museum (in Volo) and Utica (Matthiessen State Park & Starved Rock State Park). There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at First Division Museum at Cantigny.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Naperville driving holiday planner.

Getting from Chicago to Naperville by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Naperville are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Bloomington.

Things to do in Naperville

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Bloomington

— 3 nights
Bloomington is a city in and the county seat of McLean County, Illinois, United States. You'll explore and learn at Caterpillar Visitors Center and McLean County Museum of History. Visiting Grand View Drive and Constitution Trail will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bloomington: Wheels O' Time Museum (in Dunlap) and Pontiac (Museum of the Gilding Arts & IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bloomington online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Naperville to Bloomington in 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Bloomington can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Champaign.

Things to do in Bloomington

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Champaign

— 3 nights
Champaign is a city in Champaign County, Illinois, United States. Museum-lovers will get to explore Larry Kanfer Photography and Champaign County History Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Turkey Run State Park and Krannert Art Museum. Take a break from Champaign with a short trip to The Vault Art Gallery in Tuscola, about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: trek along Boneyard Creek Trail, take in nature's colorful creations at Idea Garden, and walk around Centennial Park Champaign.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Champaign day trip site.

You can drive from Bloomington to Champaign in an hour. June in Champaign sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Quincy.

Things to do in Champaign

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Nature

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. Explore hidden gems such as Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Rockcliffe Mansion (Tours). Appreciate the collections at All Wars Museum and Quincy Museum. Explore Quincy's surroundings by going to Nauvoo (Brigham Young Home & Historic Nauvoo) and Hannibal (Mark Twain Cave and Cameron Cave & Molly Brown Museum and Home). There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gardner Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Quincy online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Champaign to Quincy takes 3.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Quincy are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) 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.
Visit Dana-Thomas House and Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Old State Capitol and Illinois State Museum. Step out of Springfield to go to Petersburg and see Lincolns New Salem State Park, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Memorial Garden, get engrossed in the history at Union Station - Lincoln from History to Hollywood, and walk around Union Square Park.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Springfield online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Quincy to Springfield takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Marion.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Marion

— 3 nights
Marion is a city in and the county seat of Williamson County, Illinois, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The National Quilt Museum and Purple Toad Winery. Get in touch with nature at Garden of the Gods and Heron Pond-Little Black Slough Nature Preserve. When in Marion, make a side trip to see Paducah Riverwalk in Paducah, approximately Paducah away. There's more to do: get outside with Rent One Park.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Marion day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Springfield to Marion in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Carbondale.

Things to do in Marion

Parks · Wildlife · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Carbondale

— 6 nights
Carbondale is a city in Jackson County, Illinois, United States, within the Southern Illinois region informally known as "Little Egypt." The city developed from 1853 because of the stimulation of railroad construction into the area. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Science Center Of Southern Illinois and Popeye Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Giant City State Park and Silver Mines Recreation Area. Change things up with these side-trips from Carbondale: Bollinger Mill State Historic Site (in Burfordville) and Sainte Genevieve (Cave Vineyard, Pickle Springs Natural Area, &more). There's more to do: do a tasting at Rustle Hill Winery and stroll around Boo Rochman Memorial Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Carbondale trip planner.

Carbondale is very close to Marion. In July, daytime highs in Carbondale are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carbondale

Wineries · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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.