60 days in Illinois Itinerary

60 days in Illinois Itinerary

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Makanda
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Alton
— 5 nights
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Springfield
— 7 nights
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Peoria
— 8 nights
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Ottawa
— 3 nights
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Galena
— 7 nights
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Rockford
— 7 nights
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Waukegan
— 5 nights
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Chicago
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Makanda — 3 nights

Makanda is a village in Jackson County, Illinois, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Makanda: Henry N Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center (in Cypress), Cache River State Natural Area (in Belknap) and Mermet Springs Scuba (in Vienna). Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour, stroll through Shawnee Hills, appreciate the history behind Bald Knob Cross of Peace, and learn about winemaking at StarView Vineyards.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Makanda trip maker app.

Chicago to Makanda is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. In August in Makanda, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Alton.
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Alton — 5 nights

Alton is a city on the Mississippi River in Madison County, Illinois, United States, about 15mi north of St. Venture out of the city with trips to Pere Marquette State Park (in Grafton), Eversgerd’s Civil War Fort (in Germantown) and Braeutigam Orchards (in Belleville). There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Great Rivers Scenic Route, stop by Mississippi Mud Pottery, examine the collection at National Great Rivers Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Beall Mansion Tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Alton planner.

You can drive from Makanda to Alton in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Alton are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Springfield.
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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: Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site (in Mount Pulaski), Lincoln (Lincoln Heritage Museum & Lincoln County Illinois Courthouse) and Lake Lou Yaeger (in Litchfield). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, steep yourself in history at Edwards Place Historic Home, stroll through Lincoln Memorial Garden, and get a sense of history and politics at Old State Capitol.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Springfield trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Alton to Springfield takes 2 hours. August in Springfield sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Peoria.
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Peoria — 8 nights

Explore Peoria's surroundings by going to South Quad Bell Tower (in Urbana), Rock Island Trail (in Wyoming) and Bloomington (Evergreen Memorial Cemetery & Constitution Trail).

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Peoria day trip app.

Drive from Springfield to Peoria in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Peoria can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ottawa.
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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. Explore Ottawa's surroundings by going to Pontiac (Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum, Livingston County Courthouse, &more) and Bureau County Historical Society Museum (in Princeton). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial, hike along Starved Rock State Park, center your mind and body at SaltTreeYoga, and stroll through Washington Square Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ottawa trip maker site.

Drive from Peoria to Ottawa in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Ottawa are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Galena.
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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. Venture out of the city with trips to Massbach Ridge Winery (in Elizabeth), Stockton Heritage Museum (in Stockton) and Thomson Causeway Recreation Area (in Thomson). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., stop by FiberWild!, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take an in-depth tour of Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Galena trip maker tool.

Drive from Ottawa to Galena in 3 hours. September in Galena sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Rockford.
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Rockford — 7 nights

Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. state of Illinois, the 171st most populous city in the United States, the largest city in Illinois outside of the Chicago metropolitan area, and the city of the 148th most populous metropolitan area in the United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Rockford: Jonamac Orchard (in Malta), Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. (in DeKalb) and Dixon (The Next Picture Show, Old Settlers Memorial Cabin, &more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Historic Auto Attractions, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve, walk around Krape Park, and contemplate the long history of John Deere Historic Site.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rockford trip planner.

Traveling by car from Galena to Rockford takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Waukegan.
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Waukegan — 5 nights

Waukegan is a city and the county seat of Lake County, Illinois, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Waukegan: Copper Fiddle Distillery (in Lake Zurich), Volo Auto Museum (in Volo) and Elgin History Museum (in Elgin). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Chicago Botanic Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rosewood Beach, stroll around Independence Grove Forest Preserve, and make a trip to Marytown - The National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Waukegan itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Rockford to Waukegan in 2 hours. September in Waukegan sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Chicago.
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Chicago — 14 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Venture out of the city with trips to Riverwalk Lot (in Naperville) and Merrick Rose Garden (in Evanston). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, and laugh and play at Navy Pier.

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Drive from Waukegan to Chicago in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Chicago when traveling from Waukegan in September, with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Illinois travel guide

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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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