60 days in Illinois Itinerary

60 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois journey planner

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Drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Fly to Chicago Midway International Airport, Drive to Ottawa
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Ottawa
— 2 nights
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Harrisburg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Alton
— 4 nights
Drive
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Springfield
— 7 nights
Drive
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Peoria
— 7 nights
Drive
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Galena
— 6 nights
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Rockford
— 8 nights
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Chicago
— 23 nights
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Ottawa

— 2 nights
Ottawa is a city located at the confluence of the navigable Illinois River and Fox River in LaSalle County, Illinois, United States. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Starved Rock State Park and The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial. Get out of town with these interesting Ottawa side-trips: Two-Cell Jail (in Gardner) and Pontiac (Museum of the Gilding Arts, Route 66 Shield Mural, &more). There's much more to do: center your mind and body at SaltTreeYoga, stroll around LaSalle Rotary Park, examine the collection at Westclox Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Hegeler Carus Mansion.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ottawa trip planning app.

Washington DC to Ottawa is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to Ottawa due to the time zone difference. In March, Ottawa is little chillier than Washington DC - with highs of 45°F and lows of 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Harrisburg.

Things to do in Ottawa

Museums · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Harrisburg

— 2 nights
Harrisburg is a city in and the county seat of Saline County, Illinois, United States. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Rim Rock Recreation Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Little Grand Canyon.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Harrisburg vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Ottawa to Harrisburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ottawa in March, with highs in Harrisburg at 53°F and lows at 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Alton.

Things to do in Harrisburg

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Alton

— 4 nights
Alton is a city on the Mississippi River in Madison County, Illinois, United States, about 15mi north of St. Family-friendly places like The 1820 Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House and Pere Marquette State Park will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Alton side-trips: Pleasant Ridge Park (in Fairview Heights), Centralia Carillon (in Centralia) and World Shooting & Recreational Complex (in Sparta). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Great Rivers Scenic Route, see the interesting displays at World's Tallest Man Statue, don't miss a visit to Haskell Playhouse, and stop by Elsah General Store.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Alton online route planner.

You can drive from Harrisburg to Alton in 3 hours. March in Alton sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Alton

Parks · Museums · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Springfield

— 7 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and Lincoln Memorial Garden. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Springfield: Meadowbrook Park (in Urbana), Homer Lake Forest Preserve (in Homer) and Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site (in Mount Pulaski). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House, make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, stroll the grounds of Camp Butler National Cemetery, and get engrossed in the history at Lincoln Home National Historic Site.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Springfield tour planner.

You can drive from Alton to Springfield in 2 hours. March in Springfield sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 31°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Peoria.

Things to do in Springfield

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Peoria

— 7 nights
Family-friendly places like Grand View Drive and Catholic Diocese of Peoria Museums will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Peoria side-trips: Johnson-Sauk Trail - State Recreation Area (in Kewanee), Bloomington (McLean County Museum of History, Miller Park Zoo, &more) and Normal (University Galleries of Illinois State University & Children's Discovery Museum).

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Peoria itinerary planner.

Getting from Springfield to Peoria by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Peoria are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Galena.

Things to do in Peoria

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Galena

— 6 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: Fulton (Windmill Cultural Center & Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area), Timber Lake Playhouse (in Mount Carroll) and Thomson Causeway Recreation Area (in Thomson). There's still lots to do: stroll through Chestnut Mountain Resort, grab your bike and head to Great River Trail, take an in-depth tour of Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Horseshoe Mound.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Galena online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Peoria to Galena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and car; or fly. In March, Galena is slightly colder than Peoria - with highs of 42°F and lows of 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Rockford.

Things to do in Galena

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rockford

— 8 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. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Discovery Center Museum and Boone County Historical Museum. Explore Rockford's surroundings by going to White Pines Forest State Park (in Mount Morris), Oregon (Castle Rock State Park & The Eagle's Nest Art Colony Collection) and Dixon (The Next Picture Show, Dixon's Railroad Street Arches, &more). There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at Burpee Museum of Natural History, steep yourself in history at Oscar Taylor Home, take an in-depth tour of Ellwood House Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rockford journey maker website.

You can drive from Galena to Rockford in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In April in Rockford, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Rockford

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Chicago

— 23 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kids will appreciate attractions like The Art Institute of Chicago and Field Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chicago: Wheaton (First Division Museum at Cantigny & Cantigny Park), Naperville (Naper Settlement, DuPage Children's Museum, &more) and Glenview (The Grove, Kohl Children's Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lincoln Park Zoo, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, and get your game on at Fox in a Box Chicago.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Chicago attractions planner.

Drive from Rockford to Chicago in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. In April, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

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.