10 days in Illinois Itinerary

10 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois itinerary planner

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Galena
— 1 day
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Nauvoo
— 1 night
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Springfield
— 2 nights
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Pontiac
— 1 night
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Utica
— 1 night
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Chicago
— 4 nights
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Galena

— 1 day
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. On the 22nd (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Chestnut Mountain Resort, stop by Chocolat, get engrossed in the history at Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum, then steep yourself in history at Ulysses S. Grant Home, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Mangelsen - Images of Nature Gallery.

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Milwaukee to Galena is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nauvoo.

Things to do in Galena

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Nauvoo

— 1 night
Nauvoo is a small city in Hancock County, Illinois, United States, on the Mississippi River near Fort Madison, Iowa. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nauvoo State Park, contemplate the long history of Brigham Young Home, then take an in-depth tour of Rheinberger House Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Nauvoo.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Nauvoo road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Galena to Nauvoo takes 3.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Galena in May since evenings lows in Nauvoo dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Nauvoo

Historic Sites · Museums

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 24th (Mon): get a sense of history and politics at Old State Capitol, steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House, get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, then make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, and finally stroll around Union Square Park. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, look for all kinds of wild species at Lincoln Memorial Garden, examine the collection at Illinois State Museum, then contemplate the long history of Lincolns New Salem State Park, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Springfield journey planner.

You can drive from Nauvoo to Springfield in 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Springfield are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Pontiac.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Pontiac

— 1 night
Pontiac is a city in Livingston County, Illinois, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at Livingston County Courthouse, examine the collection at Museum of the Gilding Arts, see the interesting displays at Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum, see the interesting displays at IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum, then learn about all things military at Livingston County War Museum, and finally examine the collection at International Wall Dog Mural and Sign Art Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Pontiac planning tool.

You can drive from Springfield to Pontiac in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Pontiac can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Utica.

Things to do in Pontiac

Museums · Historic Sites

Utica

— 1 night
North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): examine the collection at Reddick Mansion and Gardens, get reinvigorated at SaltTreeYoga, get engrossed in the history at Hegeler Carus Mansion, then admire the majestic nature at Matthiessen State Park, and finally admire the majestic nature at Starved Rock State Park.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Utica day trip app.

You can drive from Pontiac to Utica in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Utica

Museums · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Chicago

— 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Do your shopping at The Magnificent Mile and Chicago Cultural Center. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Art Institute of Chicago and Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Chicago Riverwalk, learn more about the world around you at Field Museum, grab your bike and head to Lakefront Trail, and don't miss a visit to Millennium Park.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Utica to Chicago takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · 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.