It’s fun to plan your own itinerary, but sometimes it’s even better to just kick back, relax, and let someone else plan things for you. Going on tours is the best way to see stuff and learn a lot without having to micromanage all the details. Here are the top 10 tours you should take in Illinois.
1. Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours
There are numerous ways to see Chicago, but why not see it on a Segway? Cruise around some of Chicago's greatest sites, like Buckingham Fountain and the Museum Campus. The Segways are fun enough to ride on their own, but the experience is elevated because of the scenery.
2. Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour
If you haven't been on a canopy tour, you should head to southern Illinois for a great experience. It's a three hour tour among 83 wooded acres in the Shawnee National Forest. Enjoy bridges high up in the trees as well as zip lines.
3. Route 66
Everyone needs to get their kicks on Route 66. Driving down here will bring you back to something out of the movie "Cars." There are still roadside diners, remnants of kitschy art, and awesome statues.
4. Celebration Belle
This river cruise takes you up and down the Mississippi River. Celebration Belle is based out of Moline. They do all sorts of cruises, from full-days, to autumn, to lunch cruises.
5. Springfield Capitol Tour
When in Springfield, you have to visit the capitol. It's great when you can see the assembly in session, but still cool if you can just see the awesome architecture.
6. Amish Tour
Arthur, Illinois and Arcola, Illinois (near Champaign-Urbana) is the heart of Amish country. You can definitely see a lot just driving around town and walking. But ACM Tours can give you an incredible experience, like actually having dinner with an Amish family.
7. Alton Haunted Tours
Alton, Illinois has a disproportionate amount of hauntings, so it is only fitting that there are haunted tours. Learn the local legends, see haunted locations, and hear about the most recent paranomal discoveries.
8. Chicago Architecture Tour
Illinois is a state known for its architecture, and there is so much to see in Chicago. But why see the architecture on foot when you can see it on a boat? In addition, learn the history of some of Chicago's most iconic buildings.
Pullman was a town where people who worked for Pullman lived. It was a completely self-sufficient, isolated sort of place. You can tour through a self-guided walking tour, but there are also guided tours available.
10. Shawnee Hills Wine Trail
Did you know that southern Illinois has some of the best wine in the country? We certainly think so. There are loads of wineries to check out. But you will not necessarily be safe to drive after a day at the winery, and you might want to enjoy yourself and not have to worry about transportation. So call the Shawnee Shuttle, who will transport you to and from the best southern Illinois wineries.