59 days in Philadelphia & Illinois Itinerary

59 days in Philadelphia & Illinois Itinerary

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59 days in Philadelphia & Illinois Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Philadelphia
— 10 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Chicago
— 11 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Crystal Lake
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Galena
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Utica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Urbana
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Shelbyville
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Marion
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Collinsville
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Springfield
— 6 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: London

10
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Get out of town with these interesting Philadelphia side-trips: Valley Forge National Historical Park (in Valley Forge), Grounds For Sculpture (in Hamilton) and Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart (in Newark). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, hunt for treasures at Reading Terminal Market, appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center, and ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Philadelphia sightseeing website .

London, UK to Philadelphia is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Philadelphia. Traveling from London in April, you will find days in Philadelphia are somewhat warmer (21°C), and nights are about the same (8°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Camden, Harrah's Philadelphia, Chanticleer, Fort Washington State Park, Hagley Museum and Library
Highlights from your plan
Chanticleer ©
Chanticleer
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens

11
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Step out of Chicago with an excursion to Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe--about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shedd Aquarium.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip website .

Traveling by flight from Philadelphia to Chicago takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Philadelphia to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May in Chicago, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Crystal Lake.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Oak Park, Lake Michigan, Chicago Botanic Garden, Grosse Point Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

3
nights
Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake ©
Crystal Lake is a city in McHenry County in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Crystal Lake: Rockford (CherryVale Mall & Anderson Japanese Gardens), Prarie States Winery (in Genoa) and Schaumburg (Schaumburg Boomers Stadium & FireZone). Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Elawa Farm, admire all the interesting features of Northwestern Medicine Field, look for gifts at Kernel's Gourmet Popcorn & More, and look for all kinds of wild species at Red Oak Nature Center.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Crystal Lake holiday planning website .

You can drive from Chicago to Crystal Lake in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Crystal Lake are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Galena.

Things to do in Crystal Lake

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Schaumburg, Rockford, Geneva, Elawa Farm, Prairie States Winery
Highlights from your plan
Anderson Japanese Gardens ©
Anderson Japanese Gardens
Prairie States Winery ©
Prairie States Winery
Elawa Farm ©
Elawa Farm

6
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. Change things up with these side-trips from Galena: Mississippi Palisades State Park (in Savanna), Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park (in Lena) and Apple River Canyon State Park (in Apple River). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Ulysses S. Grant Home, play a few rounds at Eagle Ridge Resort, admire the striking features of Market House State Historic, and take in the exciting artwork at Mangelsen - Images of Nature Gallery.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Galena vacation maker tool .

You can drive from Crystal Lake to Galena in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Utica.

Things to do in Galena

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

TaxSlayer Center, Apple River Canyon State Park, Fergedaboudit Vineyard & Winery, Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park, Mississippi Palisades State Park
Highlights from your plan
Apple River Canyon State Park ©
Apple River Canyon State Park
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. ©
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.
Ulysses S. Grant Home ©
Ulysses S. Grant Home

3
nights
Utica

Utica ©
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Get out of town with these interesting Utica side-trips: The Sandwich Fair (in Sandwich), Christ Apple Orchard (in Elmwood) and The Next Picture Show (in Dixon). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Starved Rock State Park, make a trip to Standard Oil Gas Station, explore and take pictures at Cedar Creek Ranch, and appreciate the history behind The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Utica tour itinerary builder site .

Getting from Galena to Utica by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Urbana.

Things to do in Utica

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Marseilles, Christ Apple Orchard, Standard Oil Gas Station, Cedar Creek Ranch, The Next Picture Show
Highlights from your plan
Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park
The Next Picture Show ©
The Next Picture Show

6
nights
Urbana

Urbana ©
Urbana is a city in and the county seat of Champaign County, Illinois, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Urbana: Danville (Kennekuk County Park & Heron County Park), Outlets at Tuscola (in Tuscola) and Lincoln Trail State Park (in Marshall). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Alma Mater, stop by BEER NUTS, have fun and explore at Children's Discovery Museum, and browse the different shops at Eastland Mall.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Urbana trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Utica to Urbana takes 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Urbana are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Shelbyville.

Things to do in Urbana

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bloomington, Champaign, Danville, Outlets at Tuscola, Lincoln Trail State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Trail State Park ©
Lincoln Trail State Park
Kennekuk County Park ©
Kennekuk County Park
Urbana Public Library ©
Urbana Public Library

3
nights
Shelbyville

Shelbyville ©
Shelbyville is a city in Shelby County, Illinois, along the Kaskaskia River. Get out of town with these interesting Shelbyville side-trips: Fox Ridge State Park (in Charleston), Effingham (Cross at the Crossroads, TREC Calico Trail, & more) and Beachy's Bulk Foods (in Arthur). There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Shelbyville and make a trip to World Largest Wind Chime.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Shelbyville online day trip planner .

Getting from Urbana to Shelbyville by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Marion.

Things to do in Shelbyville

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Effingham, Casey, Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site, Beachy's Bulk Foods, Fox Ridge State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lake Shelbyville ©
Lake Shelbyville
Fox Ridge State Park ©
Fox Ridge State Park

4
nights
Marion

Marion ©
Marion is a city in and the county seat of Williamson County, Illinois, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marion: Makanda (Blue Sky Vineyard & Giant City State Park), SIU Arena (in Carbondale) and Fort Massac State Park (in Metropolis). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Rent One Park, admire the majestic nature at Ferne Clyffe State Park, get lost in a book at Marion Carnegie Library, and learn about winemaking at Rustle Hill Winery.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Marion trip planner .

You can drive from Shelbyville to Marion in 2.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Marion are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Collinsville.

Things to do in Marion

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Makanda, SIU Arena, U.S. Custom House, Ferne Clyffe State Park, Fort Massac State Park
Highlights from your plan
Giant City State Park ©
Giant City State Park
Rent One Park ©
Rent One Park
U.S. Custom House ©
U.S. Custom House

5
nights
Collinsville

Collinsville ©
Collinsville is a city located mainly in Madison County, and partially in St. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Collinsville: Melvin Price Locks and Dam (in East Alton), Litchfield (Lake Lou Yaeger & Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center) and Pere Marquette State Park (in Grafton). And it doesn't end there: experience rural life at Willoughby Heritage Farms, steep yourself in history at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, see the interesting displays at National Great Rivers Museum, and take a memorable drive along Great Rivers Scenic Route.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Collinsville online trip planner .

Drive from Marion to Collinsville in 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Collinsville

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Alton, Litchfield, Fairview Heights, Belleville, Malcolm W Martin Memorial Park
Highlights from your plan
Lake Lou Yaeger ©
Lake Lou Yaeger
Melvin Price Locks and Dam ©
Melvin Price Locks and Dam

6
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Venture out of the city with trips to Railsplitter Covered Wagon (in Lincoln) and Lincolns New Salem State Park (in Petersburg). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, ponder the world of politics at Old State Capitol, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, and contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Springfield day trip planner .

You can drive from Collinsville to Springfield in 1.5 hours. In June in Springfield, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Lincolns New Salem State Park, Railsplitter Covered Wagon
Highlights from your plan
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Lincoln Memorial Garden ©
Lincoln Memorial Garden

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