32 days in Illinois Itinerary

32 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Chicago Midway International Airport, Drive to Ottawa
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Ottawa
— 1 night
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Galena
— 4 nights
Drive
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Dixon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Peoria
— 3 nights
Drive
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Springfield
— 5 nights
Drive
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Alton
— 4 nights
Drive
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Casey
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chicago
— 7 nights
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Ottawa

— 1 night
Ottawa is a city located at the confluence of the navigable Illinois River and Fox River in LaSalle County, Illinois, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Ellwood House Museum, then sample the fine beverages at Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Washington Square Park. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Bureau County Historical Society Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Starved Rock State Park, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at SaltTreeYoga.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ottawa trip planner.

New York City to Ottawa is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Ottawa due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in March, plan for little chillier nights in Ottawa, with lows around 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Galena.

Things to do in Ottawa

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Galena

— 4 nights
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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galena: Rock Island (Fryxell Geology Museum & Jumer's Casino Rock Island), Stockton Heritage Museum (in Stockton) and Hero Street Memorial Monument (in Silvis). Next up on the itinerary: sample the fine beverages at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, steep yourself in history at Ulysses S. Grant Home, and pause for some photo ops at Galena Veterans Memorial Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Galena trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ottawa to Galena in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 42°F in March, and nighttime lows around 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Dixon.

Things to do in Galena

Parks · Museums · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Dixon

— 4 nights
Dixon is a city and county seat of Lee County, Illinois, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Dixon: The Eagle's Nest Art Colony Collection (in Oregon), Barnacopia (in Polo) and Fulton (Windmill Cultural Center, Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area, &more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Old Settlers Memorial Cabin, get engrossed in the history at Veterans Memorial Park, have fun at Timber Lake Playhouse, and steep yourself in history at Oscar Taylor Home.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Dixon travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Galena to Dixon in 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Peoria.

Things to do in Dixon

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Peoria

— 3 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Peoria: Funks Grove Church & Chapel in the Trees (in McLean), Discovery Depot Children's Museum (in Galesburg) and Bloomington (McLean County Museum of History & David Davis Mansion State Historic Site).

Plan a Peoria trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Dixon to Peoria in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in March, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Peoria

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Springfield

— 5 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lincoln (Lincoln Heritage Museum & Lincoln County Illinois Courthouse) and Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site (in Mount Pulaski). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, stroll the grounds of Camp Butler National Cemetery, and steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Springfield trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Peoria to Springfield takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Alton.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Alton

— 4 nights
Alton is a city on the Mississippi River in Madison County, Illinois, United States, about 15mi north of St. Get out of town with these interesting Alton side-trips: Scott Field Heritage Air Park (in Belleville), Big Muddy Brewing (in Murphysboro) and Illinois Rural Heritage Museum (in Pinckneyville). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Great Rivers Scenic Route, see the interesting displays at World's Tallest Man Statue, steep yourself in history at Eversgerd’s Civil War Fort, and see human ingenuity at work at Melvin Price Locks and Dam.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Alton route maker.

Drive from Springfield to Alton in 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Alton are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Casey.

Things to do in Alton

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Casey

— 3 nights
Casey is a city in Clark and Cumberland counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Casey: Castle Finn Vineyard & Winery (in Marshall) and Heath Candy Bar Museum (in Robinson). There's much more to do: make a trip to World's Largest Rocking Chair, go for a walk through The Big Yardstick, look for gifts at Casey's Candy Depot, and contemplate the long history of Lincoln Log Cabin.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Casey itinerary site.

Getting from Alton to Casey by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in April, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Casey

Historic Sites · Shopping · Wineries · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Chicago

— 7 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Step out of Chicago with an excursion to Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie--about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and walk around Millennium Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Chicago road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Casey to Chicago in 3.5 hours. April in Chicago sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Childrens Museums

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.