7 days in Illinois Itinerary

7 days in Illinois Itinerary

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7 days in Illinois Itinerary

Start: Chicago
1
Chicago
— 2 nights
Subway + Fly:  3​h
2
Rock Island
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Galena
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Decatur
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: Chicago

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Attractions like Museum of Science and Industry and Wrigley Field make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, examine the collection at The Field Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and admire the landmark architecture of 360 Chicago Observation Deck.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Chicago trip planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Chicago. In April, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Rock Island.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

1
night
Rock Island

Rock Island ©
Rock Island is a city in and the county seat of Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Quad City Botanical Center, then examine the collection at Rock Island Arsenal Museum, and then try your luck at Jumer's Casino Rock Island.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rock Island trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of subway and flight from Chicago to Rock Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Rock Island, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Galena.

Things to do in Rock Island

Fun & Games Casinos Parks
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Quad City Botanical Center ©
Quad City Botanical Center
Rock Island Arsenal Museum ©
Rock Island Arsenal Museum

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): look for gifts at FiberWild!, contemplate the long history of Washburne House State Historic Site, then look for all kinds of wild species at Horseshoe Mound, then steep yourself in history at Ulysses S. Grant Home, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co..

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Galena trip maker app .

Getting from Rock Island to Galena by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Rock Island in April: highs in Galena hover around 56°F, while lows dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Decatur.

Things to do in Galena

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Shopping
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Ulysses S. Grant Home ©
Ulysses S. Grant Home
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. ©
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.
FiberWild! ©
FiberWild!

2
nights
Decatur

Decatur ©
Decatur is the largest city and the county seat of Macon County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at Illinois State Capitol, then contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House, then ponder the world of politics at Old State Capitol, and finally make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Children's Museum of Illinois, look for all kinds of wild species at Sand Creek Conservation Area, and then identify plant and animal life at Rock Springs Conservation Area & Nature Center.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Decatur day trip app .

You can drive from Galena to Decatur in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In April, Decatur is somewhat warmer than Galena - with highs of 64°F and lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Decatur

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Springfield
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Sand Creek Conservation Area ©
Sand Creek Conservation Area
Children's Museum of Illinois ©
Children's Museum of Illinois
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House

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