5 days in Midwest Itinerary

5 days in Midwest Itinerary

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5 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Springfield
1
Springfield
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Toledo
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Springfield

1
day
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, then get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Lincoln Memorial Garden.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Springfield online trip itinerary builder .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Springfield. March in Springfield sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Springfield

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

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Millennium Park and Fourth Presbyterian Church will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Lincoln Park Zoo and Little Red Schoolhouse will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Swallow Cliff Stairs in Palos Park (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and contemplate the long history of Ernest Hemingway Birthplace.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Springfield to Chicago takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Springfield, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Chicago, ranging from highs of 45°F to lows of 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Toledo.

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Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, Swallow Cliff Stairs, Little Red Schoolhouse
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace ©
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

1
night
Toledo

Toledo ©
Toledo is a city in and the county seat of Lucas County, Ohio, United States. On the 7th (Thu), contemplate the long history of The 577 Foundation and then identify plant and animal life at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Toledo trip site .

Fly from Chicago to Toledo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Toledo is 1 hour. In March, daytime highs in Toledo are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Toledo

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

The 577 Foundation
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Oak Openings Preserve Metropark ©
Oak Openings Preserve Metropark

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