49 days in Illinois Itinerary

49 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois tour planner

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Moline
— 5 nights
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Effingham
— 2 nights
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Rockford
— 4 nights
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Chicago
— 6 nights
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Naperville
— 4 nights
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Peoria
— 4 nights
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Bloomington
— 4 nights
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Quincy
— 4 nights
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Champaign
— 4 nights
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Marion
— 4 nights
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Carbondale
— 6 nights
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Moline

— 5 nights
Moline is a city located in Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. and Brucemore. Get some cultural insight at Ulysses S. Grant Home and Iowa 80 Trucking Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum (in West Branch) and Galena (Spas, River Bend Gallery, &more). The adventure continues: try your luck at Jumer's Casino Rock Island, stroll the grounds of Riverside Cemetery, look for gifts at Iowa 80, World's Largest Truck Stop, and explore the world behind art at Figge Art Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Moline tour itinerary maker website.

Stockholm, Sweden to Moline is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Stockholm to Moline. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Stockholm in June, with highs in Moline at 33°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Effingham.

Things to do in Moline

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 6:

Effingham

— 2 nights
Effingham is the largest city in, and the county seat of, Effingham County, Illinois, United States. On the 7th (Sun), trek along TREC Calico Trail, see the interesting displays at Mid America Motorworks, My Garage Museum, then do a tasting at Tuscan Hills Winery, and finally revel in the low prices at Hodgson Mill. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a walk through The Big Yardstick, take a peaceful walk through Douglas-Hart Nature Center, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Shelbyville.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Effingham visit website.

You can drive from Moline to Effingham in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. In June, daily temperatures in Effingham can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rockford.

Things to do in Effingham

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 8:

Rockford

— 4 nights
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. state of Illinois, the 171st most populous city in the United States, the largest city in Illinois outside of the Chicago metropolitan area, and the city of the 148th most populous metropolitan area in the United States. Get outdoors at Cave of the Mounds and Geneva Lake Shore Path. Chazen Museum of Art and Rockford Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rockford: Decatur Dairy (in Brodhead) and New Glarus Brewing Company (in New Glarus). There's much more to do: explore the engaging exhibits at Discovery Center Museum, admire the natural beauty at Anderson Japanese Gardens, and examine the collection at Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rockford trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Effingham to Rockford in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In June, daily temperatures in Rockford can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Rockford

Museums · Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 12:

Chicago

— 6 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Get some historical perspective at Chicago Riverwalk and Garfield Park Conservatory. Explore hidden gems such as Chicago Cultural Center and Holy Name Cathedral. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, walk around Millennium Park, don't miss a visit to The Magnificent Mile, and learn more about the world around you at Field Museum.

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Traveling by car from Rockford to Chicago takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Naperville.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 18:

Naperville

— 4 nights
Naperville is a city in DuPage and Will counties in the U.S. state of Illinois, and a suburb of Chicago. Visiting Matthiessen State Park and Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve will get you outdoors. Appreciate the collections at Volo Auto Museum and Cantigny Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naperville: Starved Rock State Park (in Utica) and Woodfield Mall (in Schaumburg). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Riverwalk Lot, look for gifts at Kernel's Gourmet Popcorn & More, revel in the low prices at Chicago Premium Outlets, and learn about all things military at First Division Museum at Cantigny.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Naperville attractions planner.

Getting from Chicago to Naperville by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Peoria.

Things to do in Naperville

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 18 — 22:

Peoria

— 4 nights
Step out of the city life by going to Grand View Drive and Wildlife Prairie Park. Explore hidden gems such as Dana-Thomas House and Illinois State Museum. Explore Peoria's surroundings by going to Dickson Mounds Museum (in Lewistown), The Lincoln Home Visitor Center (in Springfield) and Lincolns New Salem State Park (in Petersburg).

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Peoria trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Naperville to Peoria in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Peoria can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Bloomington.

Things to do in Peoria

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 22 — 26:

Bloomington

— 4 nights
Bloomington is a city in and the county seat of McLean County, Illinois, United States. Museum-lovers will appreciate IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum and Korean War National Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old State Capitol and Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. Change things up with these side-trips from Bloomington: Pontiac (Livingston County War Museum & Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at McLean County Museum of History, look for gifts at Beer Nuts, and trek along Constitution Trail.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bloomington trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Peoria to Bloomington takes an hour. June in Bloomington sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Quincy.

Things to do in Bloomington

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 26 — 30:

Quincy

— 4 nights
Quincy, known as Illinois's "Gem City," is a city in and the county seat of Adams County, Illinois, United States, located on the Mississippi River. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Rockcliffe Mansion. Let the collections at Quincy Museum and All Wars Museum capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Quincy side-trips: Nauvoo (Brigham Young Home, Historic Nauvoo, &more) and Mark Twain Cave and Cameron Cave (in Hannibal). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at John Wood Mansion, don't miss a visit to 9/11 Memorial, take an in-depth tour of Gardner Museum, and look for gifts at Boyer's Western Wear.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Quincy online travel route builder.

You can drive from Bloomington to Quincy in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Champaign.

Things to do in Quincy

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 4:

Champaign

— 4 nights
Champaign is a city in Champaign County, Illinois, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Turkey Run State Park and Larry Kanfer Photography. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Krannert Art Museum and Orpheum Children's Science Museum. Step out of Champaign to go to Linden and see Linden Depot Museum, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. The adventure continues: hike along Boneyard Creek Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Busey Woods, take in nature's colorful creations at Idea Garden, and get engrossed in the history at Champaign County History Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Champaign trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Quincy to Champaign in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Marion.

Things to do in Champaign

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 8:

Marion

— 4 nights
Marion is a city in and the county seat of Williamson County, Illinois, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Garden of the Gods and Little Grand Canyon. Museum-lovers will appreciate The National Quilt Museum and Paducah Distilled Spirits. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marion: Paducah (Paducah Riverwalk & Purple Toad Winery). It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge and get outside with Rent One Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Marion day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Champaign to Marion in 3 hours. In July in Marion, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Carbondale.

Things to do in Marion

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 12:

Carbondale

— 6 nights
Carbondale is a city in Jackson County, Illinois, United States, within the Southern Illinois region informally known as "Little Egypt." The city developed from 1853 because of the stimulation of railroad construction into the area. Get some cultural insight at The Science Center Of Southern Illinois and Cave Vineyard. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Giant City State Park and Pickle Springs Natural Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carbondale: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center (in Cape Girardeau), Bollinger Mill State Historic Site (in Burfordville) and Popeye Museum (in Chester). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Silver Mines Recreation Area, stroll around Boo Rochman Memorial Park, and learn about winemaking at Alto Vineyards.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Carbondale online sightseeing planner.

Carbondale is just a stone's throw from Marion. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Carbondale

Parks · Wineries · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 18:

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.