50 days in Illinois Itinerary

50 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois sightseeing planner

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

— 5 nights
Moline is a city located in Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. Get a sense of the local culture at Ulysses S. Grant Home and Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Brucemore and Riverside Cemetery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Moline: Galena (Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., Spas, &more). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Iowa 80, World's Largest Truck Stop, admire the masterpieces at Figge Art Museum, try to win big at Jumer's Casino Rock Island, and take an in-depth tour of Iowa 80 Trucking Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Moline itinerary builder.

Stockholm, Sweden to Moline is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Stockholm in June, with highs in Moline at 33°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Effingham.

Things to do in Moline

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Casinos

Side Trips

Effingham

— 4 nights
Effingham is the largest city in, and the county seat of, Effingham County, Illinois, United States. Get some historical perspective at Old Courthouse and Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. Get some cultural insight at Saint Louis Art Museum and Tuscan Hills Winery. Change things up with these side-trips from Effingham: Saint Louis (Missouri History Museum, National Blues Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through TREC Calico Trail and get some fabulous bargains at Hodgson Mill.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Effingham holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Moline to Effingham takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. June in Effingham sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Rockford.

Things to do in Effingham

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Rockford

— 4 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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wollersheim Winery & Distillery and Discovery Center Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Cave of the Mounds and Geneva Lake Shore Path. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rockford: Decatur Dairy (in Brodhead) and New Glarus Brewing Company (in New Glarus). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Anderson Japanese Gardens and see the interesting displays at Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rockford online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Effingham to Rockford takes 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature

Side Trips

Chicago

— 6 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
For shopping fun, head to The Magnificent Mile or Lincoln Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chicago Riverwalk and Garfield Park Conservatory. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakefront Trail, stroll around Millennium Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Name Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Chicago trip itinerary 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. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Naperville.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Naperville

— 4 nights
Naperville is a city in DuPage and Will counties in the U.S. state of Illinois, and a suburb of Chicago. Explore hidden gems such as Matthiessen State Park and Volo Auto Museum. You'll explore and learn at Cantigny Park and St. Charles History Museum and The Curious Fox Gift. Venture out of the city with trips to Starved Rock State Park (in Utica) and Woodfield Mall (in Schaumburg). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverwalk Lot, get some fabulous bargains at Chicago Premium Outlets, explore the landscape on two wheels at Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, and stroll through Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Naperville holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Naperville takes an hour. Alternatively, you can 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 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Peoria.

Things to do in Naperville

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Peoria

— 4 nights
Explore hidden gems such as Dana-Thomas House and Grand View Drive. Get a sense of the local culture at Caterpillar Visitors Center and Dickson Mounds Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Peoria: Springfield (Illinois State Museum & The Lincoln Home Visitor Center) and Lincolns New Salem State Park (in Petersburg).

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Peoria holiday builder app.

Traveling by car from Naperville to Peoria takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In June in Peoria, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bloomington.

Things to do in Peoria

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bloomington

— 4 nights
Bloomington is a city in and the county seat of McLean County, Illinois, United States. Museum-lovers will get to explore IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum and Livingston County War Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Old State Capitol and McLean County Museum of History. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bloomington: Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials (in Springfield) and Livingston County Courthouse (in Pontiac). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, look for gifts at BEER NUTSR Brand Snacks, admire the striking features of Atlanta Public Library, and pause for some serene contemplation at Funks Grove Church & Chapel in the Trees.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bloomington trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Peoria to Bloomington in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Quincy.

Things to do in Bloomington

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Quincy

— 4 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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Nauvoo State Park. Let the collections at Rockcliffe Mansion (Tours) and Gardner Museum capture your imagination. Explore Quincy's surroundings by going to Hannibal (Molly Brown Museum and Home, Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse, &more) and Nauvoo (Brigham Young Home & Historic Nauvoo). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at All Wars Museum, look for gifts at Boyer's Western Wear, and make a trip to 9/11 Memorial.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Quincy vacation planner.

You can drive from Bloomington to Quincy in 3 hours. In July in Quincy, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Champaign.

Things to do in Quincy

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Champaign

— 4 nights
Champaign is a city in Champaign County, Illinois, United States. You'll explore and learn at Larry Kanfer Photography and Orpheum Children's Science Museum. Krannert Art Museum and Champaign County History Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Champaign side-trips: The Vault Art Gallery (in Tuscola) and Turkey Run State Park (in Marshall). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Boneyard Creek Trail, look for gifts at Market Place Shopping Center, take in nature's colorful creations at Idea Garden, and enjoy some diversion at Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch.

To find out how to plan a trip to Champaign, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Quincy to Champaign takes 3.5 hours. July in Champaign sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Marion.

Things to do in Champaign

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Marion

— 4 nights
Marion is a city in and the county seat of Williamson County, Illinois, United States. Get outdoors at Garden of the Gods and Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The National Quilt Museum and Paducah Riverwalk. Get out of town with these interesting Marion side-trips: Henry N Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center (in Cypress), Paducah (Purple Toad Winery & Paducah Distilled Spirits) and Little Grand Canyon (in Herod). There's more to do: get outside with Rent One Park and delve into the lush surroundings at Shawnee National Forest.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Marion trip planner.

You can drive from Champaign to Marion in 3 hours. In July in Marion, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carbondale.

Things to do in Marion

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Carbondale

— 5 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. Visiting Giant City State Park and Bollinger Mill State Historic Site will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Carbondale: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center (in Cape Girardeau), Pickle Springs Natural Area (in Sainte Genevieve) and St Mary Antique Mall (in Saint Mary). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Rustle Hill Winery, stroll through Silver Mines Recreation Area, and walk around Boo Rochman Memorial Park.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Carbondale trip planning tool.

Carbondale is just a short distance from Marion. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carbondale

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

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.