60 days in Illinois Itinerary

60 days in Illinois Itinerary

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60 days in Illinois Itinerary

Start: Chicago
1
Chicago
— 11 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Dixon
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Galena
— 9 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Nauvoo
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Collinsville
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Springfield
— 10 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Bloomington
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Chicago

11
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Millennium Park and Ernest Hemingway Birthplace. Explore Chicago's surroundings by going to Mount Carmel Cemetery (in Hillside), Wheaton (The Little Popcorn Store, First Division Museum at Cantigny, & more) and Fabyan Windmill (in Batavia). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, and examine the collection at The Field Museum.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Chicago online travel planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Chicago. In June, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Dixon.

Things to do in Chicago

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Oak Park, Wheaton, Riverwalk Lot, Grosse Point Lighthouse, Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace ©
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio ©
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

9
nights
Dixon

Dixon ©
Dixon is a city and county seat of Lee County, Illinois, United States. Your inner history buff will appreciate John Deere Historic Site and Heritage Canyon. Venture out of the city with trips to Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. (in DeKalb), Fulton (Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area, De Immigrant Windmill, & more) and Rockford (Discovery Center Museum, Anderson Japanese Gardens, & more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Oscar Taylor Home, trek along Starved Rock State Park, don't miss a visit to Dixon's Railroad Street Arches, and stroll through Stone Bridge Trail.

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

You can drive from Chicago 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 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Galena.

Things to do in Dixon

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Fulton, Freeport, Rockford, Roscoe, Kewanee
Highlights from your plan
Anderson Japanese Gardens ©
Anderson Japanese Gardens
John Deere Historic Site ©
John Deere Historic Site
Heritage Canyon ©
Heritage Canyon

9
nights
Galena

Galena ©
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. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ulysses S. Grant Home and Apple River Fort. Change things up with these side-trips from Galena: Savanna (Mississippi Palisades State Park, Havencrest Castle, & more), Lena (Lena Brewing Company & Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park) and Massbach Ridge Winery (in Elizabeth). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., examine the collection at The Old Blacksmith Shop, appreciate the history behind Galena Veterans Memorial Park, and take an in-depth tour of Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Galena journey planning tool .

Drive from Dixon to Galena in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Nauvoo.

Things to do in Galena

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Savanna, Elizabeth, Lena, Rocky Waters Vineyard and Winery, Apple River Canyon State Park
Highlights from your plan
Grant Park ©
Grant Park
Ulysses S. Grant Home ©
Ulysses S. Grant Home
Apple River Fort ©
Apple River Fort

5
nights
Nauvoo

Nauvoo ©
Nauvoo is a small city in Hancock County, Illinois, United States, on the Mississippi River near Fort Madison, Iowa. Historic Nauvoo and Nauvoo State Park will appeal to history buffs. Explore Nauvoo's surroundings by going to Carthage (Carthage Jail & Kibbe Hancock Heritage Museum), Discovery Depot Children's Museum (in Galesburg) and Macomb (Bailey House & Spring Lake Park). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nauvoo Temple, do a tasting at Baxter's Vineyards, contemplate the long history of Joseph Smith Historic Site, and get engrossed in the history at Rheinberger House Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nauvoo online tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Galena to Nauvoo takes 3.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Nauvoo are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Collinsville.

Things to do in Nauvoo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Quincy, Carthage, Macomb, Discovery Depot Children's Museum, Wildcat Springs Park
Highlights from your plan
Historic Nauvoo ©
Historic Nauvoo
Nauvoo Temple ©
Nauvoo Temple
Nauvoo State Park ©
Nauvoo State Park

9
nights
Collinsville

Collinsville ©
Collinsville is a city located mainly in Madison County, and partially in St. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site and Fort de Chartes. Explore Collinsville's surroundings by going to Eagle Cliff - Miles Cemetery (in Waterloo), Chester (Kaskaskia Bell, Little Mary's River Covered Bridge, & more) and Alton (Mississippi Mud Pottery, Haskell Playhouse, & more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Eversgerd’s Civil War Fort, take in the spiritual surroundings of National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, get engrossed in the history at Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, and explore and take pictures at Willoughby Heritage Farms.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Collinsville trip builder .

Traveling by car from Nauvoo to Collinsville takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Collinsville

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Alton, Chester, Edwardsville, Belleville, Hartford
Highlights from your plan
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site ©
Fort de Chartes ©
Fort de Chartes
Lewis & Clark State Historic Site ©
Lewis & Clark State Historic Site

10
nights
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Popular historic sites such as Dana-Thomas House and Old State Capitol are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Springfield: Lincolns New Salem State Park (in Petersburg), Lerna (Lincoln Log Cabin & Thomas Lincoln Cemetery) and Effingham (Tuscan Hills Winery & Cross at the Crossroads). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, stroll the grounds of Camp Butler National Cemetery, delve into the distant past at Dickson Mounds Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at Illinois State Capitol.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Springfield online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Collinsville to Springfield in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Springfield can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bloomington.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Decatur, Effingham, Lerna, Lake Lou Yaeger, Lincolns New Salem State Park
Highlights from your plan
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©
Lincolns New Salem State Park ©
Lincolns New Salem State Park

6
nights
Bloomington

Bloomington ©
Bloomington is a city in and the county seat of McLean County, Illinois, United States. David Davis Mansion State Historic Site and Evergreen Memorial Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Bloomington: Atlanta (Atlanta Public Library, Paul Bunyon Statue, & more), Vermilion County Museum (in Danville) and lake of the woods county park (in Mahomet). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Allerton Park & Retreat Center, take a memorable drive along Grand View Drive, examine the collection at IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum, and stroll the grounds of Funks Grove Church & Chapel in the Trees.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Bloomington trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Springfield to Bloomington takes 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Bloomington are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bloomington

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Pontiac, Atlanta, Monticello, Peoria, lake of the woods county park
Highlights from your plan
Evergreen Memorial Cemetery ©
Evergreen Memorial Cemetery
Weber House and Garden ©
Weber House and Garden

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