6 days in Illinois Itinerary

6 days in Illinois Itinerary

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Fly
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Chicago
— 1 night
Fly
2
Rock Island
— 1 night
Drive
3
Galena
— 1 night
Drive
4
Quincy
— 1 night
Drive
5
Alton
— 1 night
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Drive to St Louis Lambert International Airport, Fly to La Guardia Airport, Drive to New York City

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Chicago — 1 night

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, tour the pleasant surroundings at Millennium Park, and then wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile. On your second day here, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, then make a trip to Buckingham Fountain, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Chicago trip planner.

New York City to Chicago is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Chicago. In May in Chicago, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Rock Island.
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Museums · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Rock Island — 1 night

Rock Island is a city in and the county seat of Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): learn more about the world around you at Fryxell Geology Museum and then try your luck at Jumer's Casino Rock Island.

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

You can fly from Chicago to Rock Island in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Galena.
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Casinos · Museums · Fun & Games

Galena — 1 night

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. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Ulysses S. Grant Home and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co..

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Galena trip site.

Traveling by car from Rock Island to Galena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Quincy.
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Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Quincy — 1 night

Quincy, known as Illinois's "Gem City," is a city in and the county seat of Adams County, Illinois, United States, located on the Mississippi River. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): see the interesting displays at John Wood Mansion and then get engrossed in the history at Gardner Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Quincy itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Galena to Quincy in 4 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Galena in May since evenings lows in Quincy dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Alton.
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Museums

Alton — 1 night

Alton is a city on the Mississippi River in Madison County, Illinois, United States, about 15mi north of St. On the 20th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Beall Mansion Tour and then see the interesting displays at National Great Rivers Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Alton tour itinerary planning website.

Drive from Quincy to Alton in 2.5 hours. May in Alton sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time 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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