9 days in Illinois Itinerary

9 days in Illinois Itinerary

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9 days in Illinois Itinerary

Start: Chicago
1
Chicago
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Utica
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Waterloo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Elizabethtown
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
End: Chicago

5
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Escape the urban bustle at Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm and Lincoln Park Zoo. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shedd Aquarium, try out the rides at Navy Pier, and get a taste of the local shopping with The Magnificent Mile.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago vacation website .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Chicago. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in October, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Utica.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Bengtson's Pumpkin Fest
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park

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 23rd (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Illini State Park and then hike along Starved Rock State Park.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Utica road trip site .

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 October, daily temperatures in Utica can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Waterloo.

Things to do in Utica

Parks Trails Nature

Side Trip

Illini State Park
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Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park
Illini State Park ©
Illini State Park

1
night
Waterloo

Waterloo ©
Waterloo is a city in Monroe County, Illinois, United States. On the 24th (Wed), tee off at Annbriar Golf Course.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Waterloo day trip site .

Getting from Utica to Waterloo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly. When traveling from Utica in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Waterloo: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Elizabethtown.

Things to do in Waterloo

Golf Outdoors
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Annbriar Golf Course ©
Annbriar Golf Course

1
night
Elizabethtown

Elizabethtown ©
Elizabethtown is a village in Hardin County, Illinois, United States, along the Ohio River. Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take a peaceful walk through Shawnee National Forest and then identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods.

Make your Elizabethtown itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Waterloo to Elizabethtown in 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Elizabethtown are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Elizabethtown

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Garden of the Gods, Shawnee National Forest
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Shawnee National Forest ©
Shawnee National Forest
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

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