9 days in Illinois Itinerary

9 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois journey planner

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Harrisburg
— 1 day
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Springfield
— 2 nights
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Utica
— 1 night
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Rockford
— 1 night
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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 identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Harrisburg trip itinerary planning website.

Paducah to Harrisburg is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. In June, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to 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.
On the 21st (Sun), contemplate the long history of Dana-Thomas House, ponder the world of politics at Old State Capitol, then make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, and finally walk around Union Square Park. Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at Illinois State Capitol, then see the interesting displays at Illinois State Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and finally take in the views from Sugar Creek Covered Bridge.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Springfield route maker site.

You can drive from Harrisburg to Springfield in 3.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Utica.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Utica

— 1 night
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. On the 23rd (Tue), stroll around Washington Square Park, then do a tasting at August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. Tasting Room, then stroll through Starved Rock State Park, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Matthiessen State Park.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Utica trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Springfield to Utica in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Utica can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rockford.

Things to do in Utica

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Rockford

— 1 night
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. On the 24th (Wed), explore the engaging exhibits at Discovery Center Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at Burpee Museum of Natural History, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Anderson Japanese Gardens.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rockford journey website.

Traveling by car from Utica to Rockford takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and bus. June in Rockford sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Rockford

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Chicago

— 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Michigan and Buckingham Fountain. Family-friendly places like Fox in a Box Chicago and Millennium Park will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, take a leisurely stroll along Navy Pier, have fun and explore at Chicago Children's Museum, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Rockford to Chicago in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. June in Chicago sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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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.