Illinois is full of absolutely amazing, incredible spots. We have looked at many of these places before in a variety of
articles. But this list includes natural wonders as well as architectural marvels. Here are 13 Illinois marvels that must be seen to be believed.
1. Garden of the Gods (Herod)
This is the sort of place that doesn't even seem like it is Illinois. Made 300 million years ago, these bluffs give you a panoramic view of the Shawnee National Forest.
5. Cache River Natural Area
You cannot appreciate the greens of the water or the size of the trees until you visit in person. A gorgeous boardwalk takes you over the swamp and right next to some trees that are 1,000 years old.
7. Cave in Rock
You can see that this cave is huge from the picture. But that 55 foot opening looks even bigger when you are entering the cave.
4. Superman Statue (Metropolis)
Really, the entire town should be on the list as a marvel. Even if you aren't a huge superhero fan, you have to embrace a town that has embraced the Man of Steel so much.
5. Anderson Japanese Gardens (Rockford)
This 12 acre Japanese garden is sure to amaze you. It is one of the most authentic in all of North America.
6. Willis Tower (Chicago)
It may not be the tallest building in the world, but its construction was an architectural feat. Be brave and step out onto the skydeck.
7. Mississippi Palisades State Park (Savanna)
The mighty Mississippi never looked so good. Caves, sinkholes and interesting rock formations (like Twin Sisters) make this incredibly interesting.
8. Grand View Drive (Savanna)
This has been called the most beautiful drive in the world. In autumn, it very well might be. Grab a picnic and sit out a while.
9. Starved Rock State Park (Oglesby)
There's a reason this is the most visited state park and number one attraction in the state. Canyons, waterfalls, and scenic overlooks make this a place that will constantly wow you.
10. Illinois Beach State Park (Zion)
There just aren't many beaches in Illinois. So you really have to appreciate the 6.5 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline at Illinois Beach State Park. Just check out how gorgeous the water can look.
11. Wrigley Field (Chicago)
The Friendly Confines is the best ballpark experience in America. It is one of the top sports Meccas across all sports. Go.
12. Allerton Park (Monticello)
This 1,500 acre park and nature center features European gardens surrounding a Georgian-revival style mansion. The Allerton nature preserve is a National Natural Landmark.
13. Lowden State Park (Oregon)
The Black Hawk Statue rests on a 77 foot bluff. On its own, it stands nearly 50 feet, with its arms folded, overlooking the town.