8 days in Illinois Itinerary

8 days in Illinois Itinerary

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8 days in Illinois Itinerary

Start: Bridgetown, Barbados
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Galena
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Utica
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Springfield
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Pontiac
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h
End: Bridgetown, Barbados

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): make a trip to The Magnificent Mile, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and then explore the activities along Lake Michigan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, then get curious at Field Museum, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Chicago Cultural Center.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Chicago itinerary planner .

Bridgetown, Barbados to Chicago is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Bridgetown to Chicago. Expect slightly colder evenings in Chicago when traveling from Bridgetown in August, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Galena.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Lake Michigan
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Field Museum ©
Field Museum
Chicago Cultural Center ©
Chicago Cultural Center

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. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum, then steep yourself in history at Ulysses S. Grant Home, then shop like a local with Galena Cellars Winery & Vineyard, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Mangelsen - Images of Nature Gallery.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Galena driving holiday planner.

Getting from Chicago to Galena by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Chicago in August since evenings lows in Galena dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Utica.

Things to do in Galena

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Utica

Utica ©
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): go for a walk through Washington Square, enjoy some diversion at Baker Lake Park, then admire the majestic nature at Matthiessen State Park, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Starved Rock State Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Utica trip planner .

Drive from Galena to Utica in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Utica

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Baker Lake Park, Washington Square
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Matthiessen State Park ©
Matthiessen State Park
Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park
Washington Square ©
Washington Square

1
night
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): ponder the world of politics at Old State Capitol, then contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House, then see the interesting displays at Illinois State Museum, and finally stroll around Lincoln Memorial Garden.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Springfield trip planner .

You can drive from Utica to Springfield in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Springfield can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Pontiac.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Old State Capitol ©
Old State Capitol
Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Illinois State Museum ©
Illinois State Museum

2
nights
Pontiac

Pontiac ©
Pontiac is a city in Livingston County, Illinois, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Gilding Arts, learn about all things military at Livingston County War Museum, then see the interesting displays at IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Route 66 Shield Mural.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Pontiac trip planner .

Traveling by car from Springfield to Pontiac takes 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pontiac

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum ©
Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum
Livingston County War Museum ©
Livingston County War Museum

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