57 days in Illinois Itinerary

57 days in Illinois Itinerary

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1
Crystal Lake
— 7 nights
2
Utica
— 7 nights
3
Springfield
— 8 nights
4
Shelbyville
— 7 nights
5
Collinsville
— 7 nights
6
Harrisburg
— 6 nights
7
Chicago
— 13 nights

7
nights
Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake ©
Crystal Lake is a city in McHenry County in the U.S. Escape the urban bustle at Volo Bog State Natural Area and Veteran Acres Park. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Waukegan Municipal Beach and Illinois Beach State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Crystal Lake: Aurora (Phillips Park Zoo & Blackberry Farm), Bloomingdale Golf Club (in Bloomingdale) and Woodfield Mall (in Schaumburg). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Red Oak Nature Center, look for gifts at The Arboretum of South Barrington, experience rural life at Elawa Farm, and admire the natural beauty at Anderson Japanese Gardens.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Crystal Lake trip itinerary planning tool.

Guatemala City, Guatemala to Crystal Lake is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Guatemala City in November, with highs in Crystal Lake at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Utica.

Things to do in Crystal Lake

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Aurora, Waukegan Municipal Beach, Tom's Farm Market and Greenhouse, The Arboretum of South Barrington, Anderson Japanese Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Red Oak Nature Center ©
Red Oak Nature Center
Volo Bog State Natural Area ©
Volo Bog State Natural Area
Prairie States Winery ©
Prairie States Winery

7
nights
Utica

Utica ©
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Escape the urban bustle at Starved Rock State Park and Buffalo Rock State Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Apple River Fort and Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home. Explore Utica's surroundings by going to Christ Apple Orchard (in Elmwood), Lowden State Park (in Oregon) and Shabbona Lake State Park (in Shabbona). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Hennepin Canal State Park, don't miss a visit to Standard Oil Gas Station, learn about winemaking at Fergedaboudit Vineyard & Winery, and snap pictures at Red Covered Bridge.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Utica travel route planning website.

You can drive from Crystal Lake to Utica in 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Utica

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Dixon, Albany Mounds State Historic Site, Mississippi Palisades State Park, Christ Apple Orchard, Apple River Fort
Highlights from your plan
Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park
Hennepin Canal State Park ©
Hennepin Canal State Park
Apple River Fort ©
Apple River Fort

8
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Popular historic sites such as Lincoln Home National Historic Site and Dickson Mounds Museum are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Lincoln Memorial Garden and Weldon Springs State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Springfield: Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (in Mackinaw), Eastland Mall (in Bloomington) and Maurie's of Pekin Candy Coffee and Ice Cream (in Pekin). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House, do a tasting at Danenberger Family Vineyards, make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, and learn about all things military at Air Combat Museum.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Springfield trip planner.

Traveling by car from Utica to Springfield takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight. Traveling from Utica in November, expect nights in Springfield to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit warmer, around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Shelbyville.

Things to do in Springfield

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Dickson Mounds Museum, Brown's Oakridge Zoo, Hickory Point Mall, Sugar Creek Covered Bridge, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Memorial Garden ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©
Lincoln Home National Historic Site

7
nights
Shelbyville

Shelbyville ©
Shelbyville is a city in Shelby County, Illinois, along the Kaskaskia River. Step out of the city life by going to Douglas-Hart Nature Center and Fox Ridge State Park. Do your shopping at Ludwig Farmstead Creamery and Hodgson Mill. Get out of town with these interesting Shelbyville side-trips: TREC Calico Trail (in Effingham), Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site (in Vandalia) and Casey (Giant Bird Cage & World's Largest Pitchfork). There's lots more to do: hike along Lincoln Trail State Park, cool off at Sholem Aquatic Center, stroll around Heron County Park, and kick back and relax at Lake Shelbyville.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Shelbyville itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Springfield to Shelbyville in 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Shelbyville are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Collinsville.

Things to do in Shelbyville

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Champaign, Casey, Effingham, Fox Ridge State Park, Alma Mater
Highlights from your plan
Lake Shelbyville ©
Lake Shelbyville
Douglas-Hart Nature Center ©
Douglas-Hart Nature Center
Lincoln Trail State Park ©
Lincoln Trail State Park

7
nights
Collinsville

Collinsville ©
Collinsville is a city located mainly in Madison County, and partially in St. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eversgerd’s Civil War Fort and Edwardsville Children's Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Great Rivers Scenic Route and Miner Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Collinsville: Melvin Price Locks and Dam (in East Alton), Annbriar Golf Course (in Waterloo) and Pere Marquette State Park (in Grafton). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, explore the activities along Eldon Hazlet State Park, contemplate the long history of Scott Field Heritage Air Park, and admire the natural beauty at The Gardens at SIUE.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Collinsville online travel route planner.

You can drive from Shelbyville to Collinsville in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Harrisburg.

Things to do in Collinsville

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fairview Heights, Edwardsville, Belleville, Villa Marie Winery, Lake Lou Yaeger
Highlights from your plan
Lake Lou Yaeger ©
Lake Lou Yaeger
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site ©
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
Great Rivers Scenic Route
Great Rivers Scenic Route

6
nights
Harrisburg

Harrisburg ©
Harrisburg is a city in and the county seat of Saline County, Illinois, United States. StarView Vineyards and Rustle Hill Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Garden of the Gods and Rim Rock Recreation Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Tunnel Hill State Trail (in Vienna), Ferne Clyffe State Park (in Goreville) and Henry N Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center (in Cypress). And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Little Grand Canyon, get lost in a book at Marion Carnegie Library, catch a live event at SIU Arena, and look for all kinds of wild species at Beall Woods State Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Harrisburg trip maker tool.

You can drive from Collinsville to Harrisburg in 2.5 hours. December in Harrisburg sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Harrisburg

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Cobden, Fort Massac State Park, Marion Carnegie Library, Tunnel Hill State Trail, Jackson Falls Trail
Highlights from your plan
Ferne Clyffe State Park ©
Ferne Clyffe State Park
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Rim Rock Recreation Trail ©
Rim Rock Recreation Trail

13
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Relax by the water at North Avenue Beach and Ohio Street Beach. You'll explore and learn at The Art Institute of Chicago and Ernest Hemingway Birthplace. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chicago: Bengtson's Pumpkin Fest (in Homer Glen), Centennial Beach (in Naperville) and Little Red Schoolhouse (in Willow Springs). The adventure continues: wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile, admire the landmark architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, get curious at Field Museum, and don't miss a visit to Marquette Building.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Chicago day trip planning site.

Getting from Harrisburg to Chicago by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Harrisburg in December: highs in Chicago hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. On the 31st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oak Park, Illinois, Centennial Beach, Grosse Point Lighthouse, Little Red Schoolhouse
Highlights from your plan
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Field Museum ©
Field Museum

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