Beauty is all around us in Illinois, and most of us are too busy to really notice it. But while you can find beauty pretty much anywhere in Illinois, here are ten spots where the scenery is just gorgeous:
1. Lake Bluff
Coastal towns? In Illinois. Well, yeah. This town borders Lake Michigan from the top of a bluff.
Any town that is home to the Shawnee National Forest (Garden of the Gods, specifically) is drop-dead gorgeous.
Much of Kane County is unexpectedly beautiful, and Wasco is no exception. Now technically part of Campton Hills, there are many beautiful sights.
4. St. Charles
There's something about the Fox River! With this gorgeous backdrop, it's particularly stunning in autumn.
Savanna is located on the Mississippi River at the mouth of the Plum River. Plenty fertile and lush, you will really enjoy taking a walk around here.
We've profiled Galena before as a quaint town, but with the backdrop of the Mississippi River, it makes for some beautiful vantage points.
Located near the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, this area is lush and full of breathtaking water views.
Home to Starved Rock, Utica is full of all kinds of wonders, like canyons and waterfalls. If you haven't been here, you need to.
This is a shot of the Kinkaid Water Spillway. The water comes from Kinkaid Lake.
Grand View Drive is heralded as one of the most beautiful drives in all of Illinois, and it is easy to see why. This stunning view makes Peoria one of the most beautiful towns in Illlinois.
Think your town has the most breathtaking scenery? Make your case in the comments.