60 days in Illinois Itinerary

60 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois trip builder

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Chicago
— 13 nights
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Rockford
— 7 nights
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Galena
— 7 nights
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Rock Island
— 4 nights
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Utica
— 3 nights
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Champaign
— 5 nights
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Springfield
— 7 nights
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Collinsville
— 6 nights
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Peoria
— 7 nights
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Chicago

— 13 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Go for a jaunt from Chicago to Glencoe to see Chicago Botanic Garden about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, visit The Magnificent Mile, and take in panoramic vistas at 360 Chicago Observation Deck.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Chicago day trip website.

New York City to Chicago is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. May in Chicago sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Rockford.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

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: Kuipers Family Farm (in Maple Park), Freeport (Jane Addams Recreation Trail, Oscar Taylor Home, &more) and Dixon (The Next Picture Show, Old Settlers Memorial Cabin, &more). There's much more to do: sample the fine beverages at Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., admire the natural beauty at Anderson Japanese Gardens, examine the collection at The Eagle's Nest Art Colony Collection, and walk around Baumann Park & Lake.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rockford trip app.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Rockford takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Galena.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · 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 Albany Mounds State Historic Site (in Albany), Thomson Causeway Recreation Area (in Thomson) and Fulton (Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area, Heritage Canyon, &more). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., admire the majestic nature at Mississippi Palisades State Park, steep yourself in history at Ulysses S. Grant Home, and appreciate the history behind Galena Veterans Memorial Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Galena route maker app.

Traveling by car from Rockford to Galena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Galena can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rock Island.

Things to do in Galena

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Rock Island

— 4 nights
Rock Island is a city in and the county seat of Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rock Island: Nauvoo (Nauvoo State Park, Rheinberger House Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Hauberg Museum, try your luck at Jumer's Casino Rock Island, stop by John Deere Store, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Quad City Botanical Center.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rock Island trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Galena to Rock Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Rock Island can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Utica.

Things to do in Rock Island

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Utica

— 3 nights
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Change things up with these side-trips from Utica: Ambler's Texaco Gas Station, Dwight (in Dwight), Standard Oil Gas Station (in Odell) and Pontiac (Livingston County War Museum, Route 66 Shield Mural, &more). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at SaltTreeYoga, immerse yourself in nature at Matthiessen State Park, examine the collection at Westclox Museum, and stroll around Washington Square Park.

Before you visit Utica, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Rock Island to Utica in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June in Utica, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Champaign.

Things to do in Utica

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wineries

Side Trips

Champaign

— 5 nights
Champaign is a city in Champaign County, Illinois, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Champaign: Tuscan Hills Winery (in Effingham), Danville (Heron County Park, Vermilion County War Museum, &more) and Casey (Casey's Candy Depot & World's Largest Mailbox). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Lake of The Woods County Park, trek along Busey Woods, examine the collection at Spurlock Museum, and make a trip to University of Illinois Main Quad.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Champaign trip planner.

Getting from Utica to Champaign by car takes about 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Champaign can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Champaign

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Springfield

— 7 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Explore Springfield's surroundings by going to Hillsboro (Abraham Lincoln Statue & Bremer Sanctuary) and Lake Lou Yaeger (in Litchfield). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lincoln Memorial Garden, contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House, admire the striking features of Elijah Iles House, and get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Springfield journey builder app.

Drive from Champaign to Springfield in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Springfield are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Collinsville.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Collinsville

— 6 nights
Collinsville is a city located mainly in Madison County, and partially in St. Venture out of the city with trips to Boo Rochman Memorial Park (in Carbondale), Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour (in Makanda) and Bald Knob Cross of Peace (in Alto Pass). There's still lots to do: cruise along Great Rivers Scenic Route, steep yourself in history at Eagle Cliff - Miles Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of The 1820 Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House, and see the interesting displays at National Great Rivers Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Collinsville sightseeing site.

You can drive from Springfield to Collinsville in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Collinsville can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Peoria.

Things to do in Collinsville

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Peoria

— 7 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Peoria side-trips: Funks Grove Church & Chapel in the Trees (in McLean), Rock Island Trail (in Wyoming) and Funk Prairie Home Museum (in Shirley).

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Peoria online day trip planner.

Drive from Collinsville to Peoria in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Collinsville in July, plan for little chillier days in Peoria, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Peoria

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

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.