12 days in Illinois Itinerary

12 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Scott AFB/Midamerica Airport, Drive to Belknap
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Belknap
— 1 night
Drive
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Elk Grove Village
— 2 nights
Drive
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Springfield
— 1 night
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Springfield
Drive
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Herod
— 1 night
Drive
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Volo
— 1 night
Drive
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Chicago
— 3 nights
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Chicago
Drive
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Naperville
— 1 night
Drive
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Gurnee
— 1 night
Fly

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Belknap

— 1 night
Belknap is a village in Johnson County, Illinois, United States. For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Belknap trip planning app.

San Francisco to Belknap is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Belknap due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Francisco in February, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Belknap: temperatures range from 47°F by day to 28°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Elk Grove Village.

Things to do in Belknap

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Adventure

Elk Grove Village

— 2 nights
Elk Grove Village is a village located in northeastern Illinois adjacent to O'Hare International Airport and is a near northwest suburb, touching the city of Chicago. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): meet the residents at Brookfield Zoo, explore the landscape on two wheels at Busse Woods Trail System, and then learn about winemaking at Lynfred Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Baha'i House of Worship, see the interesting displays at Halim Time & Glass Museum, and then look for gifts at Adagio Teas.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Elk Grove Village holiday planner.

You can drive from Belknap to Elk Grove Village in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Belknap in February; daily highs in Elk Grove Village reach 34°F and lows reach 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Elk Grove Village

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Wineries

Side Trips

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 25th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at The Lincoln Home Visitor Center and then get engrossed in the history at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Springfield road trip site.

Traveling by car from Elk Grove Village to Springfield takes 3.5 hours. When traveling from Elk Grove Village in February, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Springfield: temperatures range from 40°F by day to 21°F at night. On the 25th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums

Springfield

Flower City

Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Lincoln Memorial Garden and then pause for some photo ops at Illinois Korean War Memorial.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Springfield trip planning website.

Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Herod.

Things to do in Springfield

Parks · Wildlife

Herod

— 1 night
Herod is an unincorporated community in Pope County, Illinois, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Shawnee National Forest, learn about winemaking at Hogg Hollow Winery, and then take in breathtaking views at Little Grand Canyon.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Herod holiday planner.

Getting from Springfield to Herod by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Springfield in February, Herod is a bit warmer at night with lows of 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Volo.

Things to do in Herod

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Wineries

Side Trips

Volo

— 1 night
Volo is a village in Lake County, Illinois, United States. Start your trip to Volo by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Herod to Volo takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In February, Volo is slightly colder than Herod - with highs of 32°F and lows of 15°F. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Chicago.

Things to do in Volo

Nightlife · Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Chicago

— 3 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum, take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, admire the landmark architecture of Chicago Cultural Center, and take in panoramic vistas at 360 Chicago Observation Deck.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Chicago route site.

You can drive from Volo to Chicago in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°F in February, and nighttime lows around 20°F. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Chicago.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Childrens Museums

Chicago

Windy City

Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Marquette Building and then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago travel itinerary planner.

Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Naperville.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Historic Sites

Naperville

— 1 night
Naperville is a city in DuPage and Will counties in the U.S. state of Illinois, and a suburb of Chicago. For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Naperville day trip planning app.

Getting from Chicago to Naperville by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Naperville are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Gurnee.

Things to do in Naperville

Neighborhoods
Highlights from your trip

Gurnee

— 1 night
Gurnee is a village in Lake County, Illinois, United States. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in the pleasant sights at Chicago Botanic Garden.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Gurnee road trip app.

Drive from Naperville to Gurnee in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In March in Gurnee, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 25°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gurnee

Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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.