58 days in Illinois Itinerary

58 days in Illinois Itinerary

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58 days in Illinois Itinerary

Start: Bogota
Fly + Drive:  16​h 15​min
1
Urbana
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Marion
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Collinsville
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Springfield
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Chicago
— 13 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Galena
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Rockford
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Bogota

6
nights
Urbana

Urbana ©
Urbana is a city in and the county seat of Champaign County, Illinois, United States. Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum and IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Sleepy Creek Vineyards and Livingston County War Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Urbana: Standard Oil Gas Station (in Odell), Kickapoo State Recreation Area (in Oakwood) and Miller Park Zoo (in Bloomington). There's still lots to do: have fun at Meadowbrook Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kennekuk County Park, immerse yourself in nature at Weldon Springs State Park, and pause for some photo ops at Alma Mater.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Urbana holiday planner.

Bogota, Colombia to Urbana is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bogota to Urbana is minus 1 hour. In June, Urbana is a bit warmer than Bogota - with highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Marion.

Things to do in Urbana

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Pontiac, Danville, Champaign, Sleepy Creek Vineyards, Kickapoo State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Meadowbrook Park ©
Meadowbrook Park
Livingston County War Museum ©
Livingston County War Museum

7
nights
Marion

Marion ©
Marion is a city in and the county seat of Williamson County, Illinois, United States. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rustle Hill Winery and Owl Creek Vineyard. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marion: Garden of the Gods (in Harrisburg), Golconda (The Chocolate Factory & Dixon Springs State Park) and Cave-in-Rock State Park (in Cave in Rock). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Rent One Park, stroll through Boo Rochman Memorial Park, try your luck at Harrah's Metropolis, and pause for some photo ops at Superman Statue.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Marion trip planner.

You can drive from Urbana to Marion in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Collinsville.

Things to do in Marion

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Cobden, Metropolis, Golconda, Boo Rochman Memorial Park, Fort Defiance Park
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Lincoln Heritage Winery ©
Lincoln Heritage Winery
StarView Vineyards ©
StarView Vineyards

6
nights
Collinsville

Collinsville ©
Collinsville is a city located mainly in Madison County, and partially in St. Visit Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site and Fort de Chartes for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at The Winery At Shale Lake and Copper Dock Winery. Explore Collinsville's surroundings by going to Raging Rivers (in Grafton), Alton (Argosy Casino Alton, Great Rivers Scenic Route, & more) and Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center (in Litchfield). There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Henrys Rabbit Ranch, have some family-friendly fun at The Edge, enjoy some diversion at Wehrenberg Theatres Inc, and relax in the rural setting at Eckert's Belleville Farm.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Collinsville travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Marion to Collinsville in 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Collinsville

Fun & Games Theme Parks Nightlife

Side Trips

Alton, Belleville, Copper Dock Winery, Raging Rivers, Fort de Chartes
Highlights from your plan
Argosy Casino Alton ©
Argosy Casino Alton
Fort de Chartes ©
Fort de Chartes
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site ©

8
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Dana-Thomas House and Old State Capitol. Do some cultural sightseeing at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices State Historic Site. Venture out of the city with trips to Peoria (Luthy Botanical Garden & Riverfront Museum), Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (in Mackinaw) and Kickapoo Creek Catering (in Edwards). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, do a tasting at Walnut Street Winery, admire the landmark architecture of Elijah Iles House, and identify plant and animal life at Lincoln Memorial Garden.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Springfield travel planner.

Getting from Collinsville to Springfield by car takes about 1.5 hours. June in Springfield sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Peoria, Walnut Street Winery, Lincolns New Salem State Park, Dickson Mounds Museum, Kickapoo Creek Winery
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House

13
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Magnificent Mile and Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Visit Millennium Park and Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio for their historical value. Explore Chicago's surroundings by going to Gaylord Building (in Lockport), First Division Museum at Cantigny (in Wheaton) and Centennial Beach (in Naperville). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, enjoy breathtaking views from 360 CHICAGO, meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium, and take a leisurely stroll along Navy Pier.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Chicago vacation planner.

You can do a combination of flight and subway from Springfield to Chicago in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July in Chicago, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Galena.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oak Park, Centennial Beach, Lake Michigan, Grosse Point Lighthouse, First Division Museum at Cantigny
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Field Museum ©
Field Museum
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

8
nights
Galena

Galena ©
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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ulysses S. Grant Home and Apple River Fort. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fergedaboudit Vineyard & Winery and Rocky Waters Vineyard and Winery. Get out of town with these interesting Galena side-trips: Savanna (Mississippi Palisades State Park & Frank Fritz Finds), Fulton (Heritage Canyon, De Immigrant Windmill, & more) and Niabi Zoo (in Coal Valley). And it doesn't end there: sample the fine beverages at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., examine the collection at The Old Blacksmith Shop, play a few rounds at TPC Deere Run, and learn about winemaking at Galena Cellars Winery & Vineyard.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Galena trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of subway, flight, and taxi from Chicago to Galena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from Chicago in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Galena, with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rockford.

Things to do in Galena

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Fulton, Hanover, Savanna, Apple River Fort, TPC Deere Run
Highlights from your plan
Mississippi Palisades State Park ©
Mississippi Palisades State Park
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. ©
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.
Ulysses S. Grant Home ©
Ulysses S. Grant Home

7
nights
Rockford

Rockford ©
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Rockford side-trips: Three Oaks Recreation Area (in Crystal Lake), Utica (August Hill Winery Tasting Room & Starved Rock State Park) and Freeport (Krape City Park & Jane Addams Recreation Trail). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Anderson Japanese Gardens, have fun at Sandwich Fair Association, admire the majestic nature at Shabbona Lake State Park, and browse the different shops at Conover Square Mall.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Rockford trip builder.

Drive from Galena to Rockford in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Oregon, Utica, Freeport, Rockford Speedway, White Pines Forest State Park
Highlights from your plan
Anderson Japanese Gardens ©
Anderson Japanese Gardens
Historical Auto Attractions ©
Historical Auto Attractions

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