60 days in Illinois Itinerary

60 days in Illinois Itinerary

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Chicago
— 15 nights
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Makanda
— 5 nights
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Alton
— 4 nights
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Springfield
— 7 nights
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Peoria
— 7 nights
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Rock Island
— 5 nights
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Galena
— 7 nights
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Dixon
— 6 nights
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Ottawa
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Chicago — 15 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chicago: Illinois Prairie Path (in Wheaton) and Maple Street Chapel (in Lombard). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, take in the waterfront at Navy Pier, take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, and get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip itinerary website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Chicago. In April, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Makanda.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours
Side Trips

Makanda — 5 nights

Makanda is a village in Jackson County, Illinois, United States. Explore Makanda's surroundings by going to Mound City National Cemetery (in Mound City), Henry N Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center (in Cypress) and Cache River State Natural Area (in Belknap). There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour, do a tasting at Lincoln Heritage Winery, trek along Shawnee Hills, and pause for some photo ops at Bald Knob Cross of Peace.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Makanda trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Makanda takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Alton.
Wineries · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trips

Alton — 4 nights

Alton is a city on the Mississippi River in Madison County, Illinois, United States, about 15mi north of St. Get out of town with these interesting Alton side-trips: National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows (in Belleville) and Eversgerd’s Civil War Fort (in Germantown). There's much more to do: cruise along Great Rivers Scenic Route, see the interesting displays at National Great Rivers Museum, take an in-depth tour of The 1820 Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House, and walk around Gordon F. Moore Community Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Alton road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Makanda to Alton takes 2.5 hours. In May in Alton, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Springfield.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trips

Springfield — 7 nights

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Change things up with these side-trips from Springfield: Alto Vineyards and Winery (in Champaign), Hand of Fate (in Petersburg) and Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site (in Mount Pulaski). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, let the kids burn off some steam at Washington Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and don't miss a visit to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Springfield trip planner.

Traveling by car from Alton to Springfield takes 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Peoria.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips

Peoria — 7 nights

Explore Peoria's surroundings by going to University Galleries of Illinois State University (in Normal), Funk Prairie Home Museum (in Shirley) and Bloomington (David Davis Mansion State Historic Site, McLean County Museum of History, &more).

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Peoria online travel route builder.

Drive from Springfield to Peoria in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Peoria can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rock Island.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Side Trips

Rock Island — 5 nights

Rock Island is a city in and the county seat of Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. Explore Rock Island's surroundings by going to Nauvoo (Brigham Young Home, Nauvoo Temple, &more). The adventure continues: try to win big at Jumer's Casino Rock Island, steep yourself in history at Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House, pause for some photo ops at Atomic Cannon, and get a new perspective on nature at Fryxell Geology Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rock Island online day trip planner.

You can drive from Peoria to Rock Island in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Galena.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Side Trips

Galena — 7 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. Get out of town with these interesting Galena side-trips: Savanna Train Car Museum (in Savanna), Stockton Heritage Museum (in Stockton) and Massbach Ridge Winery (in Elizabeth). The adventure continues: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., walk around Grant Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Horseshoe Mound.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Galena trip planner.

You can drive from Rock Island to Galena in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June in Galena, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Dixon.
Parks · Museums · Wineries · Shopping
Side Trips

Dixon — 6 nights

Dixon is a city and county seat of Lee County, Illinois, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Dixon: Fulton (De Immigrant Windmill, Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area, &more), Freeport (Lincoln Douglas Debate Square, Oscar Taylor Home, &more) and Thomson Causeway Recreation Area (in Thomson). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Old Settlers Memorial Cabin, contemplate the long history of Dillon Home Museum, get engrossed in the history at Veterans Memorial Park, and see the interesting displays at The Eagle's Nest Art Colony Collection.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Dixon travel route planner.

Drive from Galena to Dixon in 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Dixon are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ottawa.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife
Side Trips

Ottawa — 3 nights

Ottawa is a city located at the confluence of the navigable Illinois River and Fox River in LaSalle County, Illinois, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Ottawa side-trips: Bureau County Soldiers and Sailors Monument (in Princeton), Pontiac (Livingston County War Museum, Route 66 Shield Mural, &more) and Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. (in DeKalb). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at SaltTreeYoga, examine the collection at Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum, do a tasting at August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. Tasting Room, and stroll around Washington Square Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ottawa trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Dixon to Ottawa in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Ottawa are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car back home.
Museums · Parks · Nature · Spas
Side Trips

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.