Illinois is known for its big cities, but there are plenty of small towns throughout the state. These are the kinds of towns where not a lot happens, and you can be at peace. Here are 10 of those towns.
A trip to Galesburg will bring you back in time. Once upon a time, Galesburg was a hub for industry. It also was an important stop on the underground railroad. Today, the town is quieter but still full of attractions. Great old architecture and a railroad museum are some of the top attractions.
This was once the town that Joseph Smith and the Mormons escaped religious persecution in. Now, the population is just over 1,000. A lot of the tourism centers around the historic buildings. Historical reenactments showing what life was like here in the 1800s add to the charm.
This town is a safe, quiet place for families. The high point is the downtown area. There are some nice historic buildings. There is even a quaint walking tour you can do of the downtown where the history of the buildings is explained.
Marion is one of the nicest towns in southern Illinois. There is lots to do if you like the outdoors, and everyone heads to the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. You will also enjoy the Marion Carnegie Library--it has a really awesome space for teens.
This river town offers a great downtown area and places to hike. We recommend going to Buffalo Rock State Park, a park with two resident bison. Downtown has a nice spot called Washington Square, a place to catch up with friends or just read a book.
This small Illinois town is known for its petunias and catfish. It also was the boyhood home of Ronald Reagan. Today, there are numerous art galleries and festivals held throughout the year. But it still manages to be a quiet, peaceful town.
This once was quite the town off of Route 66. Today, the town pays homage to that history. Check out the Illinois Route 66 museum. There is also a nice automobile museum to explore.
8. St. Charles
It's all about small shops and relaxation in this town. Walk along the river and take it in. There are plenty of opportunities to get outdoors here.
This small town is famous for its massive cross. People pass through, but it's not a very large town. There are good families living in a strong community. They are all about food here, with good restaurants and farmers markets.
Yes, this town is a tourist attraction. And yes, it's all about Superman. But at its core, it's a classic small town in Illinois. It's safe and quiet, and you will enjoy living here.