Illinois happens to be the most populated state within the Midwest of the Usa. The state is distinctive, right from immense cities such as Chicago, to small charming towns, and to farmland.
A getaway to Springfield has something for the whole family to enjoy. Explore the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to learn more about Lincoln’s accomplishments and see the new exhibit, commemorating President Kennedy. Visit the new Kidzeum of Health and Science to explore innovative and interactive science exhibits or enjoy a free tour of the newly renovated Illinois Governor’s Mansion, the third-oldest governor’s home in the nation.
Splash around in the indoor water park at Great Wolf Lodge, featuring an 80,000-foot waterslide, roaring wave pool and raft rides. Premium suites at the Great Wolf Lodge can accommodate parties of all sizes. For a spring-inspired shopping spree, visit Gurnee Mills – a retail outlet mall offering up to 70 percent off brands like Nike, Saks Fifth Avenue and Levi’s.
Six Flags Great America in Gurnee opens April 19-21 (weekends only until Memorial Day weekend). This summer, be among the first to ride on Six Flags new MAXX Force roller coaster where you can go from 0 to 78 miles per hour in two seconds. The ride will offer thrill-seekers the world’s fastest inversion and tallest double inversion. Continue the adventure at Hurricane Harbor and Riptide Bay – home to more than thirty water rides.
Shawnee Forest Country
With seven wilderness areas and nine state parks, plus lakes, rivers, waterfalls and even a swamp to explore, the gorgeously green area surrounding Shawnee National Forest is the ideal spot to unplug and reconnect through recreation. Outdoor activities include ziplining through the trees near Makanda with the Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour, paddling through the Cache River State Natural Area and saddling up for a one-hour trail ride with Giant City Stables. Stay at Timber Ridge Outpost and Cabins with rustic log cabin accommodations dating back to 1852 and several tree houses with picturesque views overlooking the forest.
Pere Marquette State Park
At 8,000 acres, Pere Marquette State Park offers amazing wooded trails, biking along picturesque bluffs, fishing and boating on the Illinois River and even horseback riding through the forest. This summer, you can reach new heights riding the new Grafton Sky Tour, a gondola ride at Aerie’s Resort allowing visitors to experience the park from a bird’s eye view. Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center is an ideal retreat for visitors, featuring a 1930s Great Room with a 700-ton stone fireplace.
Galena’s Historic Main Street is home to more than 125 unique boutiques, eateries, wineries and galleries. Taste locally-made wine at Galena Cellars, an Illinois Made maker. Stay at Jail Hill Inn – recently named the #1 Inn/B&B in the U.S. by Trip Advisor’s 2019 Travelers’ Choice Awards. In honor of the 150th anniversary of Ulysses S. Grant being sworn in as president, spend a day exploring the Galena & U.S. Grant Museum. Chestnut Mountain Resort offers segway tours, ziplining, scenic hiking trails, mini golf and Alpine slide rides. In June, don’t miss the Great Galena Balloon Race (June 21-23), featuring more than 20 hot air balloons, races, and a night glow extravaganza.
Starved Rock State Park
With seasonal waterfalls, awe-inspiring bluffs and rugged canyons dominating the landscape, adventure awaits at Starved Rock State Park along the Illinois River. Outdoor activities include hiking, canoeing, paddle boat cruises, and fishing. For an unforgettable family getaway, stay at the historic Starved Rock Lodge or Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Grand Bear Resort, located approximately 90 miles from Chicago in Utica
For more information on these and other vacation ideas, visit EnjoyIllinois.com.