60 days in Illinois Itinerary

60 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois holiday maker

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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: Mermet Springs Scuba (in Vienna), Henry N Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center (in Cypress) and Cache River State Natural Area (in Belknap). There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour, stroll through Shawnee Hills, do a tasting at Hickory Ridge Vineyard, and admire the majestic nature at Giant City State Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Makanda online trip maker.

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.

Things to do in Makanda

Parks · Wineries · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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 Eversgerd’s Civil War Fort (in Germantown), Braeutigam Orchards (in Belleville) and Pere Marquette State Park (in Grafton). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Great Rivers Scenic Route, contemplate the long history of Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, tour the pleasant surroundings at Miner Park, and admire the engineering at Melvin Price Locks and Dam.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Alton route maker app.

You can drive from Makanda to Alton in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Alton

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Springfield

— 7 nights

Flower City

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), Lake Lou Yaeger (in Litchfield) and Lincoln (Lincoln Heritage Museum & Lincoln County Illinois Courthouse). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, don't miss a visit to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, and browse the exhibits of Lincoln Home National Historic Site.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Springfield trip maker tool.

Getting from Alton to Springfield by car takes about 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Peoria.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Peoria trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Springfield to Peoria in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in August, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ottawa.

Things to do in Peoria

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

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. Explore Ottawa's surroundings by going to Pontiac (Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum, Livingston County Courthouse, &more) and Bureau County Historical Society Museum (in Princeton). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at SaltTreeYoga, take an in-depth tour of Hegeler Carus Mansion, don't miss a visit to Washington Square Park, and admire the majestic nature at Matthiessen State Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ottawa sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Peoria to Ottawa in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Ottawa are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Galena.

Things to do in Ottawa

Museums · Parks · Nature · Trails

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. Venture out of the city with trips to Stockton Heritage Museum (in Stockton), Thomson Causeway Recreation Area (in Thomson) and Massbach Ridge Winery (in Elizabeth). There's lots more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., don't miss a visit to Galena Veterans Memorial Park, take an in-depth tour of Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum, and contemplate the long history of De Immigrant Windmill.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Galena trip planner.

Drive from Ottawa to Galena in 3 hours. September in Galena sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rockford.

Things to do in Galena

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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: Dixon (The Next Picture Show, Old Settlers Memorial Cabin, &more), Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. (in DeKalb) and Jonamac Orchard (in Malta). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Anderson Japanese Gardens, steep yourself in history at Midway Village & Museum Center, walk around Krape Park, and see the interesting displays at The Eagle's Nest Art Colony Collection.

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.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

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), Elgin History Museum (in Elgin) and Volo Auto Museum (in Volo). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Chicago Botanic Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rosewood Beach, stroll around Independence Grove Forest Preserve, and take a peaceful walk through Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Waukegan tour itinerary builder tool.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Waukegan

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Chicago

— 14 nights

Windy City

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.

Plan my day in Chicago using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

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.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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.