56 days in Illinois Itinerary

56 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois travel route maker
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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
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Galena
— 6 nights
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kline Creek Farm (in West Chicago) and Wheaton (Cantigny Park & First Division Museum at Cantigny). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, take a leisurely stroll along Navy Pier, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, and admire the striking features of 360 Chicago Observation Deck.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago journey site.

Exeter, UK to Chicago is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Exeter to Chicago. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Harrisburg.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums
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Harrisburg — 6 nights

Harrisburg is a city in and the county seat of Saline County, Illinois, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Harrisburg: Vienna (Tunnel Hill State Trail & Mermet Springs Scuba), Henry N Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center (in Cypress) and Makanda (Giant City State Park, Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour, &more). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, relax in the rural setting at Schwartz Orchard, appreciate the history behind Bald Knob Cross of Peace, and do a tasting at StarView Vineyards.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Harrisburg vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Harrisburg takes 5.5 hours. September in Harrisburg sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car 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 Alton's surroundings by going to Highland (Silver Lake Park & Plaza Square), Belleville (Braeutigam Orchards & Scott Field Heritage Air Park) and Willoughby Heritage Farm and Conservation Reserve (in Collinsville). The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Great Rivers Scenic Route, take an in-depth tour of Beall Mansion Tour, gain insight at Watershed Nature Center, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Gardens at SIUE.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Alton trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Harrisburg to Alton takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Springfield.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Scenic Drive
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Springfield — 7 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Get out of town with these interesting Springfield side-trips: Lake Lou Yaeger (in Litchfield), Decatur (Wabash Depot Antique Mall & Rock Springs Conservation Area & Nature Center) and Bremer Sanctuary (in Hillsboro). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, steep yourself in history at Edwards Place Historic Home, experience rural life at Apple Barn, and stroll the grounds of Camp Butler National Cemetery.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Springfield trip planner.

Traveling by car from Alton to Springfield takes 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Peoria.
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Peoria — 7 nights

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Peoria: LaSalle Rotary Park (in LaSalle), Starved Rock Hot Glass (in Ottawa) and Starved Rock State Park (in Oglesby).

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Peoria online travel route planner.

You can drive from Springfield to Peoria in 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can 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. Change things up with these side-trips from Galena: Fulton (Heritage Canyon, Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area, &more), Massbach Ridge Winery (in Elizabeth) and Mississippi Palisades State Park (in Savanna). And it doesn't end there: sample the fine beverages at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., pause for some photo ops at Galena Veterans Memorial Park, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, and relax in the rural setting at Original Goat Yoga Galena.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Galena online vacation planner.

You can drive from Peoria to Galena in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Peoria in October: high temperatures in Galena hover around 19°C and lows are around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car 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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rockford: Dixon (The Next Picture Show, Old Settlers Memorial Cabin, &more), Prairie States Winery (in Genoa) and The Eagle's Nest Art Colony Collection (in Oregon). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Historic Auto Attractions, take in nature's colorful creations at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, relax in the rural setting at Edwards Apple Orchard, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Whiskey Acres Distilling Co..

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

You can drive from Galena to Rockford in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. October in Rockford sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Waukegan.
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Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries
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Waukegan — 6 nights

Waukegan is a city and the county seat of Lake County, Illinois, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Waukegan: Ginger Blossom (in Richmond), Baha'i House of Worship (in Wilmette) and Chicago Botanic Garden (in Glencoe). The adventure continues: see what you can catch with WindyCitySalmon, walk around Independence Grove Dog Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rosewood Beach, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at ZumBier.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Waukegan trip maker website.

Drive from Rockford to Waukegan in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel 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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