42 days in Illinois Itinerary

42 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois trip itinerary 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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Quincy
— 3 nights
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Springfield
— 5 nights
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Marion
— 3 nights
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Carbondale
— 8 nights
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Moline

— 4 nights
Moline is a city located in Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ulysses S. Grant Home and Figge Art Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and River Bend Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Moline: Galena (Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., Spas, &more). There's much more to do: try your luck at Jumer's Casino Rock Island, examine the collection at Buffalo Bill Museum, and stroll the grounds of Riverside Cemetery.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Moline travel itinerary planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Moline is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Stockholm to Moline is minus 7 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Stockholm in June; daily highs in Moline reach 33°C and lows reach 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 · Casinos · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Effingham

— 3 nights
Effingham is the largest city in, and the county seat of, Effingham County, Illinois, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mid America Motorworks, My Garage Museum and Thomas Lincoln Cemetery. Get in touch with nature at TREC Calico Trail and Douglas-Hart Nature Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Effingham: Lake Shelbyville (in Shelbyville) and Beall Woods State Park (in Mount Carmel). It doesn't end there: do a tasting at Tuscan Hills Winery and look for gifts at Hodgson Mill.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Effingham tour itinerary planning site.

Getting from Moline to Effingham by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. In June in Effingham, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rockford.

Things to do in Effingham

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Anderson Japanese Gardens and Geneva Lake Shore Path. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Discovery Center Museum and John Deere Historic Site. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rockford: New Glarus Brewing Company (in New Glarus) and Decatur Dairy (in Brodhead). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Burpee Museum of Natural History.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Rockford trip planner.

Getting from Effingham to Rockford by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. June in Rockford sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Chicago

— 5 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Magnificent Mile and Chicago Cultural Center. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chicago Riverwalk and Lincoln Park. Step out of Chicago to go to Wilmette and see Baha'i House of Worship, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate, get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum, and see the interesting displays at Richard H. Driehaus Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Chicago trip site.

You can drive from Rockford to Chicago in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. In June in Chicago, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Naperville.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Naperville

— 3 nights
Naperville is a city in DuPage and Will counties in the U.S. state of Illinois, and a suburb of Chicago. Shop till you drop at Chicago Premium Outlets and St. Charles History Museum and The Curious Fox Gift. Get a sense of the local culture at Riverwalk Lot and First Division Museum at Cantigny. Get out of town with these interesting Naperville side-trips: Utica (Matthiessen State Park & Starved Rock State Park) and Volo Auto Museum (in Volo). It doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Cantigny Park.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Naperville journey planner.

You can drive from Chicago to Naperville in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. June in Naperville sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bloomington.

Things to do in Naperville

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Bloomington

— 3 nights
Bloomington is a city in and the county seat of McLean County, Illinois, United States. Visiting Grand View Drive and Constitution Trail will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Caterpillar Visitors Center and Wheels O' Time Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Bloomington side-trips: Pontiac (Museum of the Gilding Arts & IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum). There's more to do: stroll the grounds of Evergreen Memorial Cemetery and get engrossed in the history at McLean County Museum of History.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bloomington journey planner.

Drive from Naperville to Bloomington in 2 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 · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Quincy Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rockcliffe Mansion (Tours) and Historic Nauvoo. Explore Quincy's surroundings by going to Mark Twain Cave and Cameron Cave (in Hannibal) and Brigham Young Home (in Nauvoo). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at John Wood Mansion, take an in-depth tour of Gardner Museum, and stop by Boyer's Western Wear.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Quincy travel planner.

You can drive from Bloomington to Quincy in 3 hours. June in Quincy sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Quincy

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Springfield

— 5 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dana-Thomas House and Lincolns New Salem State Park. Illinois State Museum and Union Station - Lincoln from History to Hollywood will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: get a sense of history and politics at Old State Capitol, get engrossed in the history at The Lincoln Home Visitor Center, stroll the grounds of Camp Butler National Cemetery, and make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Springfield tour app.

Traveling by car from Quincy to Springfield takes 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Springfield can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to 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. Get outdoors at Garden of the Gods and Heron Pond-Little Black Slough Nature Preserve. Get some cultural insight at The National Quilt Museum and Purple Toad Winery. Step out of Marion to go to Paducah and see Paducah Riverwalk, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's more to do: get outside with Rent One Park.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Marion trip planning app.

Getting from Springfield to Marion by car takes about 3 hours. June in Marion sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Carbondale.

Things to do in Marion

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Carbondale

— 8 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. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Science Center Of Southern Illinois and Bollinger Mill State Historic Site. Get in touch with nature at Giant City State Park and Silver Mines Recreation Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carbondale: Chester (Popeye Museum & Little Mary's River Covered Bridge), Marquand Historic Park (in Marquand) and Sainte Genevieve (Cave Vineyard & Pickle Springs Natural Area). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at The National Stars and Stripes Museum and Library, learn about winemaking at Hickory Ridge Vineyard, stroll through Little Grassy Fish Hatchery, and contemplate the long history of Fort de Chartes.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Carbondale day trip planning site.

Carbondale is just a short distance from Marion. July in Carbondale sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C at night. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carbondale

Parks · Wineries · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.