Just like that, summer is half over. What happened? Sadly, the years seem to continue to get shorter. That’s why it’s so important to do the things that matter to us – like having amazing adventures. Here are 10 adventures everyone in Illinois needs to have.
1. Cave in Rock (town of Cave in Rock)
This cave is massive, with a 55 foot mouth entrance. Walking in it is pretty awesome, but looking out onto the Ohio River from it is really sweet.
2. Cache River Natural Area (Belknap)
This area looks like a Southern swamp, with its green waters. Bald cypress trees, some of which are over 1,000 years old, jut out of the swamp.
3. Skydeck, Willis Tower (Chicago)
Yes, it's a tourist trap, but you need to take the step out onto the glass, particularly at night. It's an awesome view and terrifying at the same time.
4. Garden of the Gods (Herod)
These rocks are 300 million years old and are the crown jewel of the Shawnee National Forest area. This trail around the rocks offers one of the most stunning views in Illinois.
5. Grand View Drive (Peoria)
This was called the most beautiful drive in America. It is only 2.5 miles and meanders through some of the most beautiful country in the United States.
6. Mississippi Palisades State Park (Savanna)
This 2,500-acre park has 15 miles of trails that wander near the river. Interesting rock formations and caves make this wonderful to walk through.
7. Illinois Beach State Park (Zion)
This park has 6.5 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Gorgeous waters rush up onto the sand.
8. Kincaid Spillway (Murphysboro)
This local secret is a three-level cascade that spills out onto a pool. It is definitely a favorite swimming hole.
9. Cahokia Mounds (Collinsville)
This was once the site of the most sophisticated pre-Columbian civilization north of Mexico. They built amazing mounds as structures and spiritual centers.
10. Alpine Slide (Galena)
Ride down this 2,000-foot slide that goes along the Mississippi River. You get on a wheeled sled and zip down along the banks of the river.