7 days in Nashville, Bloomington & Chicago Itinerary

7 days in Nashville, Bloomington & Chicago Itinerary

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7 days in Nashville, Bloomington & Chicago Itinerary

Start: Jacksonville
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Bloomington
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
End: Jacksonville

2
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
On the 24th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum and then have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Nashville (Downtown). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Radnor Lake State Park, stroll around Centennial Park, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nashville trip maker website .

Jacksonville to Nashville is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June, daytime highs in Nashville are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bloomington.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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The Escape Game Nashville (Downtown) ©
Radnor Lake State Park ©
Radnor Lake State Park
Adventure Science Center ©
Adventure Science Center

1
night
Bloomington

Bloomington ©
Bloomington is a city in and the county seat of McLean County, Illinois, United States. On the 27th (Thu), get to know the resident critters at Miller Park Zoo, trek along Constitution Trail, and then have fun and explore at Children's Discovery Museum.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bloomington holiday builder website .

Getting from Nashville to Bloomington by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nashville in June: high temperatures in Bloomington hover around 82°F and lows are around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Bloomington

Parks Childrens Museums Trails

Side Trip

Children's Discovery Museum
Highlights from your plan
Miller Park Zoo ©
Miller Park Zoo
Children's Discovery Museum ©
Children's Discovery Museum

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Explore hidden gems such as Lakefront Trail and Kayaking & Canoeing. Explore Chicago's surroundings by going to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (in Porter) and Indiana Dunes State Park (in Chesterton). Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game Chicago, don't miss a visit to Buckingham Fountain, walk around Millennium Park, and admire the local landmark of Crown Fountain.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Chicago trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Bloomington to Chicago in 2.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Chicago are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Indiana Dunes State Park, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Chicago ©
The Escape Game Chicago
Indiana Dunes State Park ©
Indiana Dunes State Park
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

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