Illinois April 01, 2016
7 Wonders Of The World That Are Actually Right Here In Illinois
Why travel around the world when some of the coolest wonders of the world are right here in Illinois? You need to check out these wonders of Illinois.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Garden of the Gods
Few people from Illinois seem to get here, because it is way at the bottom of the state. But really, it is worth the drive. The views are breathtaking. The rock formations (300 million years old) are particularly stunning against the gorgeous trees. This might be the best place to catch a sunset in all of Illinois.
2. Cave in Rock State Park
Down in southern Illinois, right off of the Ohio River, is this HUGE iconic cave. It is 55 feet wide, just to give you a sense of just how big it is. It was carved by water many thousands of years ago. Today, thousands of people visit annually to explore by the cave and on the many trails.
3. Cache River Natural Area
Check out these cypress trees. They are roughly 1,000 years old. The base (called a buttress) is about 40 feet in circumference. This whole area was carved many, many years ago by glacial floodwater from the Ohio River. It's spectacular, and even though it truly is in the southernmost part of Illinois, you need to make the trip down.
4. Starved Rock State Park
Everyone needs to go to Starved Rock at least once. It was routinely been voted the #1 attraction in the state by many outlets. This place has huge, beautiful trees, canyons, waterfalls, and wildlife. You can camp and spend a few days to take it all in.
5. Mississippi Palisades State Park
Head to Savanna to take in the beautiful Mississippi Palisades State Park. It is located at the confluence of the Apple and Mississippi Rivers. The result: incredibly lush scenery set against huge rivers. There are 2,500 acres here for you to explore. And if you are into rock climbing, rock climbing is possible in some areas. Erosion has resulted in some really, really interesting rock formations - most famously, Indian Head and Twin Sisters.
6. Matthiessen State Park
In North Utica, Matthiesen State Park is just around the corner from Starved Rock. You can find some gorgeous waterfalls and canyons here. In addition, there are gorgeous forest shots as well as prairies. Lake Falls (pictured here) is absolutely fantastic.
7. Illinois Beach State Park
If you're looking for a beach in Illinois, you'll want to check out Illinois Beach State Park. There, you will find 6.5 miles of sandy shoreline against Lake Michigan. The views are beautiful, and it truly can look like the Caribbean sometimes.
Have you been to any of these wonders?