Best Road Trip Stops in Illinois
The whole point of going on a road trip is to explore and be able to see many parts of the country/world that you would miss out on flying on a plane. But sometimes you wonder, what are those amazing places and things that we should see? Well if you’re planning a road trip that’s going to or through Illinois then buckle up and read on for the best road trip stops in this state.
Starved Rock State Park
Starved Rock is a very popular state park with gorgeous seasonal waterfalls and is a prominent historic place connected with early Indian life. With over 13 miles of trails and 18 canyons, there is plenty to walk, hike, or bike for those looking to be active. If you want to do more than just stop by there are even campsites for those avid campers.
Another historical stop in Illinois is Navy Pier. Located in the bustling city of Chicago, the Navy Pier is one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions. It’s located right on the water and hosts plenty of things to do and see. From places to dine and drink, to shopping, to bike rentals and boat tours and cruises. Don’t forget to see and ride the iconic ferris wheel which is a tribute to the world’s first ferris wheel which was built in Chicago. And while you’re there, explore Chicago.
Aurora is a populated city near Chicago with plenty to see and do. If you’re into theater, you won’t want to miss visiting Paramount Theatre and even seeing a show there. Just like any populated city, there are plenty of restaurants, bars, shopping, and more. Maybe grab a Chicago style hot dog while you’re there. Aurora is also home to a large water park, zoo, many parks and rivers, and more.
If you think a charming small town is up your alley then Galena is the place for you. Located just 3 hours outside of Chicago, Galena is a historic town voted as one of the best small towns in America. The cobblestone streets enclosed between many historic buildings and cute shops makes it a common spot for people to visit. There are also plenty of small restaurants and eateries and even a park.