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Illinois Road Trips and Scenic Drives

Whether you're planning a road trip to Illinois (IL) to see all the most popular sites and attractions or you want to drive off the beaten path down the back roads to enjoy less visited but equally wonderful destinations, the state's numerous scenic routes and byways will take you there. Illinois scenic drives reveal much of the state's natural beauty, interesting history and worthwhile cultural attractions. The famous places and popular tourist attractions include the Anderson Japanese Gardens, Starved Rock State Park, the Garden of the Gods, Spoon River Valley, the Illinois Railway Museum, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and many more. Chicago, known for its architecture and sculpture, is a fascinating city and an attraction in itself. Don't wait to visit "the Land of Lincoln!"


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February 14, 2010
This route meanders its way from southern Illinois, through the entire southern border of Indiana, and along Ohio's southern boarder and up to it's eastern...
There are interesting and eclectic small and medium size towns dotted across this road trip's path. Towns like Hannibal & Manchester, Ohio; Clarksville and Santa...
This trip is loaded with attractions and points of interest many with interesting historical or cultural significance. Some of the highlights in Illinois are: Fort...
April 16, 2010
With the Mississippi river on one side and beautiful bluffs, caves, wetlands and farm fields on the other, this road trip is a wonderful journey...
There aren't many towns on this ride. You'll start out in Alton and pass through Grafton. I like Grafton for its old historic buildings. The...
Many restaurants, cafes and gift and antique shops are available along this route. You should plan to visit Pere Marquette State Park as...
January 28, 2010
This road trip takes travelers through a verdant land of rolling hills, beautiful fields and long sweeping curves. There are some pretty sharp turns along...
This road specializes in getting you away from towns and taking you along some nice hilly backroads. Elizabeth is at the start point and has...
Outside of Elizabeth, there aren't many attractions on this road trip. Food, gas, shopping and lodging are available in Mt Caroll at the end of...
March 6, 2010
This route is for the adventurers who want to see a nice little surprisingly hilly area of north-central Illinois. The drive will take you through...
North Utica and Ottawa are the main towns on this drive. Both are nice towns offering plenty of places to stop, grab a bite to...
With lots of recreational opportunities, Starved Rock State Park is the best stop along this route. Here you'll find a nice lodge, hiking trails, camping...
March 23, 2010
This route starts in a very interesting little island/peninsula community (Sabula) that hangs out in the Missisiipi River. Start your drive by exploring the little...
Sabula and Savannah are nice but the real "urban gem" on this trip is Galena. Plenty of shops and lovely antique architecture abound in this...
The amenities are excellent. You'll pass through Palisades State Park providing some more great views from the top of the bluffs. Also at...
April 15, 2010
Situated in the very southern part of the state of Illinois and lying between the Mississippi River and Missouri on the west and the Ohio...
This route starts out in Carbondale Illinois, home of the Salukis. Here you can visit the Southern Illinois University. Drive South down Highway 51. About...
There are plenty of attractions and points of interest along this road trip. You can stop along the Ohio River and visit the Cave that...
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