54 days in Illinois Itinerary

54 days in Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Illinois holiday planner

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

— 5 nights
Moline is a city located in Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. and Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and Buffalo Bill Museum. Explore Moline's surroundings by going to Galena (Ulysses S. Grant Home, Spas, &more) and Cedar Rapids (Brucemore & National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library). The adventure continues: try to win big at Jumer's Casino Rock Island, get advice or help at Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, and stroll the grounds of Riverside Cemetery.

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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. Traveling from Stockholm in June, expect Moline to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 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 · Fun & Games · Breweries & Distilleries

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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. Saint Louis Art Museum and Missouri History Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Effingham: Saint Louis (Old Courthouse, National Blues Museum, &more). There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Tuscan Hills Winery and get some fabulous bargains at Hodgson Mill.

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Getting from Moline to Effingham by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Mount Vernon.

Things to do in Effingham

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 10:

Mount Vernon

— 2 nights
Mount Vernon known as "The King City" is a city in and the county seat of Jefferson County, Illinois, United States. On the 11th (Thu), go for a walk through Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, get to know the fascinating history of Jefferson County Historical Village, and then see the interesting displays at Hall of Honor & Military Museum. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Southern Illinois Art and Artisans Center and then identify plant and animal life at South Marcum campground.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Mount Vernon trip planner.

You can drive from Effingham to Mount Vernon in 1.5 hours. June in Mount Vernon sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rockford.

Things to do in Mount Vernon

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 10 — 12:

Rockford

— 5 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. Explore hidden gems such as Cave of the Mounds and Chazen Museum of Art. Do some cultural sightseeing at National Mustard Museum and Burpee Museum of Natural History. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rockford: New Glarus Brewing Company (in New Glarus), Military Ridge State Trail (in Verona) and Geneva Lake Shore Path (in Lake Geneva). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Anderson Japanese Gardens, deepen your understanding at Rotary Botanical Gardens, and have fun and explore at Discovery Center Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rockford driving holiday planner.

Drive from Mount Vernon to Rockford in 5 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 12 — 17:

Chicago

— 6 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Art Institute of Chicago and The Magnificent Mile. Chicago Cultural Center and Richard H. Driehaus Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Go for a jaunt from Chicago to Wilmette to see Baha'i House of Worship about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Lincoln Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Garfield Park Conservatory, visit The Loop, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Name Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Chicago online trip itinerary planner.

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 up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Naperville.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 17 — 23:

Naperville

— 4 nights
Naperville is a city in DuPage and Will counties in the U.S. state of Illinois, and a suburb of Chicago. Shop till you drop at Chicago Premium Outlets and St. Charles History Museum and The Curious Fox Gift. Appreciate the collections at Volo Auto Museum and First Division Museum at Cantigny. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naperville: Woodfield Mall (in Schaumburg) and Utica (Matthiessen State Park & Starved Rock State Park). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Riverwalk Lot, brush up on your military savvy at Cantigny Park, and kick back and relax at Centennial Beach.

To see maps and more tourist information, refer to the Naperville trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Chicago to Naperville by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. June in Naperville sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Peoria.

Things to do in Naperville

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 27:

Peoria

— 3 nights
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Caterpillar Visitors Center and Wheels O' Time Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Grand View Drive and Wildlife Prairie Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Peoria: Dickson Mounds Museum (in Lewistown) and Galesburg Railroad Museum (in Galesburg).

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Peoria itinerary site.

Getting from Naperville to Peoria by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. June in Peoria sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bloomington.

Things to do in Peoria

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 27 — 30:

Bloomington

— 4 nights
Bloomington is a city in and the county seat of McLean County, Illinois, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum and Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. Let the collections at Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum and Livingston County War Museum capture your imagination. Step out of Bloomington with an excursion to Museum of the Gilding Arts in Pontiac--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Prairie Aviation Museum, contemplate the long history of David Davis Mansion State Historic Site, tour the pleasant surroundings at Constitution Trail, and take an in-depth tour of McLean County Museum of History.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bloomington road trip site.

You can drive from Peoria to Bloomington in an hour. In June, daytime highs in Bloomington are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Champaign.

Things to do in Bloomington

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 4:

Champaign

— 2 nights
Champaign is a city in Champaign County, Illinois, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): make a trip to The Vault Art Gallery, get curious at Orpheum Children's Science Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Champaign County History Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): hike along Boneyard Creek Trail, then explore the world behind art at Krannert Art Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Idea Garden.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Champaign travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bloomington to Champaign takes an hour. In July, daytime highs in Champaign are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Quincy.

Things to do in Champaign

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 6:

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. Popular historic sites such as Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Historic Nauvoo are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Mark Twain Cave and Cameron Cave and Lovers Leap. Explore Quincy's surroundings by going to Hannibal (Rockcliffe Mansion & Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse) and Brigham Young Home (in Nauvoo). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Quincy Museum, appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, stop by Boyer's Western Wear, and get engrossed in the history at Gardner Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Quincy online holiday planner.

You can drive from Champaign to Quincy in 3.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Quincy can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Quincy

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 10:

Springfield

— 5 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Get a sense of the local culture at Dana-Thomas House and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Visit Old State Capitol and Edwards Place Historic Home for their historical value. Take a break from Springfield with a short trip to Lincolns New Salem State Park in Petersburg, about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Illinois State Museum, make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials, identify plant and animal life at Lincoln Memorial Garden, and steep yourself in history at Great Western Depot.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Springfield attractions planner.

Getting from Quincy to Springfield by car takes about 2 hours. July in Springfield sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Marion.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 15:

Marion

— 4 nights
Marion is a city in and the county seat of Williamson County, Illinois, United States. Get a sense of the local culture at The National Quilt Museum and Paducah Riverwalk. Discover out-of-the-way places like Garden of the Gods and Rent One Park. Explore Marion's surroundings by going to Paducah (Paducah Distilled Spirits & Purple Toad Winery) and Little Grand Canyon (in Herod). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Marion travel route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Springfield to Marion takes 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Marion can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Carbondale.

Things to do in Marion

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 19:

Carbondale

— 4 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. Step out of the city life by going to Giant City State Park and Little Grassy Fish Hatchery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rustle Hill Winery and Bollinger Mill State Historic Site. When in Carbondale, make a side trip to see Popeye Museum in Chester, approximately Chester away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Science Center Of Southern Illinois and learn about winemaking at Owl Creek Vineyard.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Carbondale online trip 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. You will leave for home on the 23rd (Thu).

Things to do in Carbondale

Parks · Wineries · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 23:

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.