8 days in South Bend, Illinois & Missouri Itinerary

8 days in South Bend, Illinois & Missouri Itinerary

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South Bend
— 2 nights
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Chicago
— 2 nights
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Utica
— 1 night
Drive
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Springfield
— 1 night
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Camdenton
— 1 night
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South Bend

— 2 nights
South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): stroll the grounds of City Cemetery, explore the world behind art at The Snite Museum of Art, take in the architecture and design of University of Notre Dame, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and finally stroll around Shiojiri Niwa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): explore the activities along East Race Waterway, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Indiana Whiskey Company, then look for all kinds of wild species at Rum Village Park, and finally relax in the rural setting at Thistleberry Farm.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read South Bend trip itinerary maker website.

Memphis to South Bend is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Memphis to South Bend, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Memphis in July: high temperatures in South Bend hover around 81°F and lows are around 61°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Chicago.

Things to do in South Bend

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Chicago

— 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chicago Riverwalk and Lakefront Trail. Get outdoors at Lake Michigan and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's lots more to do: get your game on at The Escape Game Chicago, stop by The Loop, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain.

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Traveling by car from South Bend to Chicago takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from South Bend in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 67°F in Chicago. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Utica.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Utica

— 1 night
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Starved Rock State Park, then get your game on at Grizzly Jacks Grand Bear Resort, then immerse yourself in nature at Matthiessen State Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of Westclox Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Utica trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Chicago to Utica in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Utica are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Springfield.

Things to do in Utica

Nature · Parks · Fun & Games · Trails

Side Trip

Springfield

— 1 night

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 30th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, then examine the collection at Illinois State Museum, and finally let little ones run wild at Washington Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Springfield trip planner.

Getting from Utica to Springfield by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Camdenton.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Trails · Museums

Camdenton

— 1 night
Camdenton is a city in Camden County, Missouri, United States. On the 31st (Fri), tee off at Lake Valley Golf & Country Club, Head underground at Bridal Cave, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, then explore the fascinating underground world of Stark Caverns, and finally Head underground at Fantasy World Caverns.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Camdenton attractions planning app.

You can drive from Springfield to Camdenton in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Camdenton

Nature · Parks · Golf · Outdoors

Side Trips

Indiana travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Room Escape Games · Specialty Museums
The Hoosier State
With an extensive history of motorsports, Indiana's main claim to fame is the popular automobile race held each year in its capital city. A mostly rural state, Indiana is a land of till plains and lakes, its appearance a result of traces left behind by receding glaciers. The central section of the state, mostly flat with some rolling hills, contains some of the country's most fertile farmland. The state also contains almost 39,000 km (24,000 mi) of waterways, including the Wabash River, the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. For a genuine "Hoosier" experience, tour the state's slow-paced small towns, noted for their hospitality and outstanding local cuisine. You'll remember the warmth and charm long after your vacation is over.

Illinois travel guide

4.4
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.

Missouri travel guide

4.6
Theaters · Performances · Specialty Museums
The Show-Me State
Acquired from France as part of the famous Louisiana Purchase, Missouri offers visitors equal amounts of urban and rural tourist attractions, with a good sprinkling of lush valleys and meandering back roads ideal for leisurely road trips. The state has a highly varied geography, ranging from the till plains in the north to the rolling Ozark Mountains in the south. The state sits at the intersection of North America's three greatest rivers, creating fertile plains known for supporting extensive farms and ranches. Now generally considered part of the country's Midwest, most people used to count Missouri among the southern states, primarily due to its status as a slave state before the Civil War.