56 days in Illinois Itinerary

56 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois travel route planner
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Chicago
— 12 nights
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Harrisburg
— 6 nights
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Alton
— 5 nights
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Springfield
— 7 nights
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Peoria
— 7 nights
Drive
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Galena
— 6 nights
Drive
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Rockford
— 6 nights
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Waukegan
— 6 nights
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Chicago — 12 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chicago: Wheaton (Cantigny Park & First Division Museum at Cantigny) and Kline Creek Farm (in West Chicago). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, enjoy breathtaking views from 360 Chicago Observation Deck, and stop by The Magnificent Mile.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Chicago travel route planning site.

Exeter, UK to Chicago is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Exeter to Chicago, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. October in Chicago sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Harrisburg.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums
Side Trips

Harrisburg — 6 nights

Harrisburg is a city in and the county seat of Saline County, Illinois, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Harrisburg: Makanda (Giant City State Park, Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour, &more), Vienna (Tunnel Hill State Trail & Mermet Springs Scuba) and Henry N Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center (in Cypress). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, hike along Pomona Natural Bridge, experience rural life at Schwartz Orchard, and learn about winemaking at StarView Vineyards.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Harrisburg online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Harrisburg takes 5.5 hours. When traveling from Chicago in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Harrisburg: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Alton.
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Alton — 5 nights

Alton is a city on the Mississippi River in Madison County, Illinois, United States, about 15mi north of St. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Alton: Belleville (Braeutigam Orchards & Scott Field Heritage Air Park), Willoughby Heritage Farm and Conservation Reserve (in Collinsville) and Highland (Silver Lake Park & Plaza Square). There's still lots to do: cruise along Great Rivers Scenic Route, expand your understanding of the military at Eversgerd’s Civil War Fort, walk around Gordon F. Moore Community Park, and admire the engineering at Melvin Price Locks and Dam.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Alton tour planner.

Traveling by car from Harrisburg to Alton takes 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Alton are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Springfield.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

Springfield — 7 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Change things up with these side-trips from Springfield: Lake Lou Yaeger (in Litchfield), Bremer Sanctuary (in Hillsboro) and Decatur (Wabash Depot Antique Mall & Rock Springs Conservation Area & Nature Center). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, stroll the grounds of Camp Butler National Cemetery, walk around Union Square Park, and contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Springfield travel route app.

You can drive from Alton to Springfield in 2 hours. October in Springfield sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Peoria.
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Peoria — 7 nights

Venture out of the city with trips to Starved Rock Hot Glass (in Ottawa), LaSalle Rotary Park (in LaSalle) and Starved Rock State Park (in Oglesby).

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Peoria planner.

Traveling by car from Springfield to Peoria takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Peoria can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Galena.
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Side Trips

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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galena: Mississippi Palisades State Park (in Savanna), Massbach Ridge Winery (in Elizabeth) and Fulton (Heritage Canyon, Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area, &more). The adventure continues: sample the fine beverages at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., pause for some photo ops at Galena Veterans Memorial Park, identify plant and animal life at Thomson Causeway Recreation Area, and do a tasting at Fergedaboudit Vineyard & Winery.

Plan trip to Galena with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Peoria to Galena by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Peoria in November, expect Galena to be slightly colder, temps between 8°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rockford.
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Side Trips

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. Get out of town with these interesting Rockford side-trips: The Eagle's Nest Art Colony Collection (in Oregon), Prairie States Winery (in Genoa) and Dixon (The Next Picture Show, Old Settlers Memorial Cabin, &more). And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Historic Auto Attractions, experience rural life at Edwards Apple Orchard, contemplate the long history of Oscar Taylor Home, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Whiskey Acres Distilling Co..

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rockford journey planning site.

Drive from Galena to Rockford in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. November in Rockford sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Waukegan.
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Side Trips

Waukegan — 6 nights

Waukegan is a city and the county seat of Lake County, Illinois, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Baha'i House of Worship (in Wilmette), Chicago Botanic Garden (in Glencoe) and Ginger Blossom (in Richmond). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with WindyCitySalmon, explore the activities along Lake Michigan, relax in the rural setting at Elawa Farm, and walk around Independence Grove Dog Park.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Waukegan visit planner.

Traveling by car from Rockford to Waukegan takes 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Waukegan are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
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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.
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