There is more to Illinois than just Chicago! There is plenty of midwestern flair and you’ll find the cutest small towns on an Illinois road trip.

Starved Rock State Park, known for its striking canyons and waterfalls, is a hiker’s paradise. The Shawnee National Forest, in the southern part of the state, is home to rugged terrain, beautiful lakes, and the awe-inspiring Garden of the Gods.

The Illinois section of the Great River Road National Scenic Byway provides a scenic drive along the Mississippi River. Stop in the towns along the bank of the river! From hiking and biking to birdwatching and boating, Illinois offers outdoor activities across the state. There are plenty of hidden gems!

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