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Best getaways to enjoy Illinois

Jul 02, 2018 08:30AM

Northern Illinois
Great Wolf Lodge, Gurnee

The new Great Wolf Lodge, opening July 1, is a year‐round family destination with numerous attractions and amenities designed to create memorable vacation experiences for the whole family.

Six Flags Great America, Gurnee

Want to get your kids moving in the morning? Mention those six beautiful flags. That should do the trick. Plan a day at Six Flags Great America & Hurricane Harbor to get the blood flowing with classic rollercoasters like Superman, Batman and the Joker, or catch some age-appropriate entertainment at one of the many shows throughout the day.

Starved Rock Country

Seasonal waterfalls, awe-inspiring bluffs and rugged canyons dominate the storied landscape at Starved Rock. Outdoor activities include hiking, canoeing, paddle boat cruises, cross-country skiing, trolley rides, fishing and picnicking.

Central Illinois

History comes alive in Springfield, home to more Lincoln sites than anywhere else in the nation.

Springfield is also the center of many Illinois Bicentennial celebrations this summer as the state rings in its 200th birthday.

Great Rivers Country


Head south on the Great Rivers Scenic Byway for spectacular views of the Mississippi River and its limestone bluffs. Alton welcomes shoppers looking for antiques and art. My Just Desserts serves lunch classics plus delicious homemade pie—its signature is Mrs. Ledbetter’s chocolate. Browse several classy antiques stores, including Alton Antique Center, Country Meadows Antiques and Prairie Peddler Antiques.

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, Galena

Set amid the rolling hills of northwestern Illinois, Eagle Ridge has four golf courses. Their jewel is the multi award-winning General, an 18-hole, par 72 course with over 250 feet of elevation changes throughout.


Carefully preserved nineteenth-century buildings set into the Mississippi River Valley paint the backdrop of this northwest hideaway. Shop the iconic downtown, sip wine at local vineyards, visit championship golf courses, hit the slopes for a day of skiing or explore the lush rivers and hiking trails dotted throughout the area.

Southern Illinois

The Links at Kokopelli, Marion

The Links set the standard in southern Illinois for a great golf experience with family-friendly green fees. Designed by internationally-renowned golf course architect Steve Smyers, Kokopelli has been recognized by Golf Week Magazine as a top course in Illinois.

Shawnee Forest Country

Located in southern Illinois, the Shawnee National Forest’s natural beauty is ideal for all types of outdoor recreation. Experience the beautiful scenery in the southernmost region of Illinois and Shawnee Forest Country as you hike, bike, golf, and sip wine in quaint towns, state parks, and wineries.

Getaway information provided by the Illinois Office of Tourism.