9 days in Illinois Itinerary

9 days in Illinois Itinerary

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9 days in Illinois Itinerary

Start: Columbia
Drive:  4​h
1
Springfield
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Chicago
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
DeKalb
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Galena
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
End: Columbia

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 22nd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House and then don't miss a visit to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lincoln Memorial Garden, and finally steep yourself in history at Sugar Creek Covered Bridge.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Springfield trip itinerary app .

Columbia to Springfield is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. In June, daytime highs in Springfield are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sugar Creek Covered Bridge
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Dana-Thomas House ©
Dana-Thomas House
Lincoln Home National Historic Site ©
Sugar Creek Covered Bridge ©
Sugar Creek Covered Bridge

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Millennium Park and Pleasant Home will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with The Magnificent Mile, admire all the interesting features of Wrigley Field, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lincoln Park Zoo.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip planner .

You can drive from Springfield to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. In June, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to DeKalb.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Oak Park
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The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace ©
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace

2
nights
DeKalb

DeKalb ©
DeKalb is a city in DeKalb County, Illinois, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): do a tasting at Prairie States Winery, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Fox River Distilling Company, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple, and finally savor the flavors at Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.. Here are some ideas for day two: tee off at Prairie Landing Golf Club, contemplate the long history of St. Charles History Museum and The Curious Fox Gift, and then join in the after-dark buzz at Scorched Earth Brewing Company.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our DeKalb tour itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Chicago to DeKalb in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Galena.

Things to do in DeKalb

Breweries & Distilleries Golf Outdoors

Side Trips

Fox River Distilling Company, Scorched Earth Brewing Company, Prairie Landing Golf Club, Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple, Prairie States Winery
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Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. ©
Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.
Prairie States Winery ©
Prairie States Winery
Scorched Earth Brewing Company ©
Scorched Earth Brewing Company

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 30th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., then steep yourself in history at Ulysses S. Grant Home, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Root Beer Revelry.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Galena trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from DeKalb to Galena takes 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galena

Historic Sites Spas Breweries & Distilleries
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Ulysses S. Grant Home ©
Ulysses S. Grant Home
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. ©
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.
Spas

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