8 days in Illinois Itinerary

8 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois trip itinerary maker

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Harrisburg
— 1 day
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Springfield
— 2 nights
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Utica
— 1 night
Drive
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Chicago
— 4 nights
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Harrisburg

— 1 day
Harrisburg is a city in and the county seat of Saline County, Illinois, United States. On the 20th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Little Grand Canyon and then look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Harrisburg sightseeing planner.

Paducah to Harrisburg is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. June in Harrisburg sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Harrisburg

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

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Springfield

— 2 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House, identify plant and animal life at Lincoln Memorial Garden, and then browse the collection at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): examine the collection at Illinois State Museum, make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, and then ponder the world of politics at Old State Capitol.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Springfield route maker site.

Drive from Harrisburg to Springfield in 3.5 hours. In June in Springfield, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Utica.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Utica

— 1 night
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): have some family-friendly fun at Grizzly Jacks Grand Bear Resort, then hike along Starved Rock State Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Matthiessen State Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Utica road trip planner.

Drive from Springfield to Utica in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Utica are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Utica

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Chicago

— 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Bring the kids along to Lake Michigan and Fox in a Box Chicago. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Buckingham Fountain and Chicago Children's Museum. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, engage your brain at Field Museum, laugh and play at Navy Pier, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Chicago planner.

Traveling by car from Utica to Chicago takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In June, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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.