50 days in Illinois Itinerary

50 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois travel planner

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Moline
— 5 nights
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Effingham
— 4 nights
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Rockford
— 4 nights
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Chicago
— 5 nights
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Naperville
— 4 nights
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Peoria
— 2 nights
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Bloomington
— 3 nights
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Champaign
— 3 nights
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Quincy
— 4 nights
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Springfield
— 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. Appreciate the collections at Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and Figge Art Museum. Get some historical perspective at Ulysses S. Grant Home and Riverside Cemetery. Explore Moline's surroundings by going to Galena (Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., Spas, &more) and Brucemore (in Cedar Rapids). There's much more to do: try to win big at Jumer's Casino Rock Island, get answers to all your questions at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, see the interesting displays at Buffalo Bill Museum, and stop by Iowa 80, World's Largest Truck Stop.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Moline online trip planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Moline is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. 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) to allow enough time to travel to Effingham.

Things to do in Moline

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 6:

Effingham

— 4 nights
Effingham is the largest city in, and the county seat of, Effingham County, Illinois, United States. Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and Missouri History Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Saint Louis Art Museum and National Blues Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Saint Louis (Old Courthouse & Grant’s Farm) and Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site (in Collinsville). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Tuscan Hills Winery and revel in the low prices at Hodgson Mill.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Effingham trip itinerary app.

Drive from Moline to Effingham in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. June in Effingham sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rockford.

Things to do in Effingham

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 10:

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. National Mustard Museum and Historical Auto Attractions will appeal to museum buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cave of the Mounds and Anderson Japanese Gardens. Change things up with these side-trips from Rockford: Geneva Lake Shore Path (in Lake Geneva), Chazen Museum of Art (in Madison) and Janesville (Raven's Wish Gallery & Rotary Botanical Gardens). There's still lots to do: explore the engaging exhibits at Discovery Center Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rockford sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by car from Effingham to Rockford takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In June in Rockford, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Rockford

Museums · Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 10 — 14:

Chicago

— 5 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Appreciate the collections at The Art Institute of Chicago and Richard H. Driehaus Museum. Shop till you drop at The Magnificent Mile and Water Tower Place. The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Chicago Cultural Center, examine the collection at Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank, admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain, and walk around Millennium Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Chicago trip itinerary site.

Drive from Rockford to Chicago in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. In June, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Naperville.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 19:

Naperville

— 4 nights
Naperville is a city in DuPage and Will counties in the U.S. state of Illinois, and a suburb of Chicago. Popular historic sites such as Riverwalk Lot and Cantigny Park are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Matthiessen State Park and Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naperville: Volo Auto Museum (in Volo), Woodfield Mall (in Schaumburg) and Starved Rock State Park (in Utica). There's much more to do: get some fabulous bargains at Chicago Premium Outlets, learn about all things military at First Division Museum at Cantigny, and look for gifts at Kernel's Gourmet Popcorn & More.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Naperville trip maker website.

Getting from Chicago to Naperville by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Naperville can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Peoria.

Things to do in Naperville

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 19 — 23:

Peoria

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take a memorable drive along Grand View Drive, then see the interesting displays at Caterpillar Visitors Center, and then examine the collection at Catholic Diocese of Peoria Museums. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Prairie Park, see the interesting displays at Wheels O' Time Museum, and then make a trip to Sculpture Walk Peoria.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Peoria holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Naperville to Peoria takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bloomington.

Things to do in Peoria

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 25:

Bloomington

— 3 nights
Bloomington is a city in and the county seat of McLean County, Illinois, United States. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum and McLean County Museum of History. Appreciate the collections at Prairie Aviation Museum and Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Pontiac (Museum of the Gilding Arts & Livingston County War Museum). The adventure continues: trek along Constitution Trail and buy something for everyone on your list at Eastland Mall.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bloomington road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Peoria to Bloomington takes an hour. In June, daytime highs in Bloomington are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Champaign.

Things to do in Bloomington

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 25 — 28:

Champaign

— 3 nights
Champaign is a city in Champaign County, Illinois, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Turkey Run State Park and Larry Kanfer Photography. Get some cultural insight at Krannert Art Museum and Champaign County History Museum. There's lots more to do: stroll through Boneyard Creek Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Busey Woods, admire the natural beauty at Idea Garden, and stroll around Hessel Park.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Champaign online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Bloomington to Champaign takes an hour. In June, daytime highs in Champaign are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Quincy.

Things to do in Champaign

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 1:

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. Museum-lovers will get to explore Rockcliffe Mansion and Kibbe Hancock Heritage Museum. Visit Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Historic Nauvoo for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Quincy: Nauvoo (Brigham Young Home & Nauvoo State Park), Mark Twain Cave and Cameron Cave (in Hannibal) and Carthage Jail (in Carthage). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Quincy Museum, get engrossed in the history at Gardner Museum, and look for gifts at Boyer's Western Wear.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Quincy day trip tool.

Drive from Champaign to Quincy in 3.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Quincy are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Quincy

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 5:

Springfield

— 4 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Dana-Thomas House and Old State Capitol. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lincolns New Salem State Park and Edwards Place Historic Home. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Illinois State Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, don't miss a visit to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Camp Butler National Cemetery.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Springfield trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Quincy to Springfield by car takes about 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Marion.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 5 — 9:

Marion

— 4 nights
Marion is a city in and the county seat of Williamson County, Illinois, United States. Get some cultural insight at The National Quilt Museum and Paducah Riverwalk. Escape the urban bustle at Garden of the Gods and Little Grand Canyon. Explore Marion's surroundings by going to Paducah (The PAPA Gallery, Purple Toad Winery, &more). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, head outdoors with Rent One Park, and delve into the lush surroundings at Shawnee National Forest.

To find out how to plan a trip to Marion, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Springfield to Marion in 3 hours. July in Marion sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carbondale.

Things to do in Marion

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 13:

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. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Science Center Of Southern Illinois and Popeye Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rustle Hill Winery and Watertower Winery. Change things up with these side-trips from Carbondale: Silver Mines Recreation Area (in Fredericktown), Bollinger Mill State Historic Site (in Burfordville) and Pickle Springs Natural Area (in Sainte Genevieve). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Giant City State Park, learn about winemaking at Hickory Ridge Vineyard, walk around Boo Rochman Memorial Park, and identify plant and animal life at Little Grassy Fish Hatchery.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Carbondale online tour planner.

Carbondale is just a short distance from Marion. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carbondale

Parks · Wineries · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 19:

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.