52 days in Illinois & Saint Louis Itinerary

52 days in Illinois & Saint Louis Itinerary

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Fly to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Drive to Richmond
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Richmond
— 5 nights
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Rockford
— 6 nights
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Galena
— 6 nights
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Peoria
— 5 nights
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Springfield
— 7 nights
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Saint Louis
— 8 nights
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Chicago
— 14 nights
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Richmond — 5 nights

Richmond is a village in McHenry County, Illinois, United States, 44 miles south-southwest of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and 55 miles northwest of Chicago. Head to Ginger Blossom and Great Lakes Antiques - Boutiquefor some retail therapy. Volo Auto Museum and Wind Point Lighthouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Richmond's surroundings by going to Racine (SC Johnson Headquarters & Racine Heritage Museum), Kenosha (Twenty Four VII Charters, Civil War Museum, &more) and Union (McHenry County Historical Society & Illinois Railway Museum).

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Richmond online itinerary planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Richmond is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Richmond is minus 7 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in September; daily highs in Richmond reach 26°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Rockford.
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Rockford — 6 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. Head to Tom's Farm Market and Greenhouse and Galerie Matisse & Matisse Toofor some retail therapy. Historic Auto Attractions and Prairie States Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. (in DeKalb), Geneva Lake Shore Path (in Lake Geneva) and John Deere Historic Site (in Grand Detour). The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Rockford City Market, see the interesting displays at Barnacopia, steep yourself in history at Oscar Taylor Home, and take in nature's colorful creations at Rotary Botanical Gardens.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rockford online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Richmond to Rockford in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Richmond in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rockford, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Galena.
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Galena — 6 nights

Galena is the largest city in and the county seat of Jo Daviess County, Illinois, with a population of 3,429 at the 2010 census. Do your shopping at Galena Spoon Co. and Galena Center for the Arts. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like River Bend Gallery and Fergedaboudit Vineyard & Winery. Change things up with these side-trips from Galena: Fulton (Heritage Canyon & Windmill Cultural Center), Massbach Ridge Winery (in Elizabeth) and Stockton Heritage Museum (in Stockton). The adventure continues: sample the fine beverages at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., steep yourself in history at Washburne House State Historic Site, deepen your understanding of the past and present with a heritage tour, and pause for some photo ops at Galena Veterans Memorial Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Galena planner.

Traveling by car from Rockford to Galena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Peoria.
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Peoria — 5 nights

Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wheels O' Time Museum and University Galleries of Illinois State University. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Minonk Chocolate Company and The Galesburg Antiques Mall Co.. Explore Peoria's surroundings by going to Museum of the Gilding Arts (in Pontiac), The Corn Crib (in Normal) and David Davis Mansion State Historic Site (in Bloomington).

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Peoria trip planner.

Traveling by car from Galena to Peoria takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Galena in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Peoria, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Springfield.
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Springfield — 7 nights

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Do your shopping at Country Cheese and More and Larry Kanfer Photography. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and Dana-Thomas House. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Springfield: Lincolns New Salem State Park (in Petersburg), Wabash Depot Antique Mall (in Decatur) and The Vault Art Gallery (in Tuscola). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, look for all kinds of wild species at Lincoln Memorial Garden, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and see the interesting displays at Illinois State Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Springfield trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Peoria to Springfield in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Springfield, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Saint Louis.
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Saint Louis — 8 nights

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and City Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. For shopping fun, head to Astral Glass Studio and Gallery or Old Village Mercantile. Get out of town with these interesting Saint Louis side-trips: Zipline (in New Florence), The Historic Daniel Boone Home at Lindenwood Park (in Defiance) and America's National Churchill Museum (in Fulton). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from The Gateway Arch, take in the exciting artwork at ASL Pewter, browse the eclectic array of goods at Soulard Farmers Market, and take an in-depth tour of Missouri Civil War Museum.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, read Saint Louis journey maker site.

Getting from Springfield to Saint Louis by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Saint Louis can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Chicago.
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Chicago — 14 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Get some cultural insight at The Art Institute of Chicago and Ernest Hemingway Birthplace. Shop till you drop at The Magnificent Mile and Cedarburg Art Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Chicago side-trips: Historic Third Ward (in Milwaukee), South Bend (Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes & Basilica of the Sacred Heart) and West Allis Farmers Market (in West Allis). There's still lots to do: stroll around Millennium Park, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, admire the landmark architecture of 360 Chicago Observation Deck, and take a leisurely stroll along Navy Pier.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Chicago attractions planner.

You can fly from Saint Louis to Chicago in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Saint Louis in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Chicago: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
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Illinois travel guide

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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.
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