10 Unforgettable Road Trips To Take In Illinois Before You Die

Illinois is jam-packed with fun and interesting things to do, and it can seem a little overwhelming to try and see it all. So, we like to create road trip plans to fit a wide array of interests that help you get out and see Illinois! Here are some of the best road trips in Illinois:

What do you think of this list of the best road trips in Illinois? Which road trip excites you the most? Are there any that you’ve already taken? Let us know in the comments.

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Best Road Trips In Illinois

September 21, 2021

What are some of the best day trips in Illinois?

While road trips are fun if we have the time, day trips are best if we don’t have as much free time, yet still want to do a little traveling and exploring. How about taking an afternoon to explore the stunning Chicago Botanic Gardens? Perhaps a safari at Aikman Wildlife Adventures may suit you better especially if you’re looking for something to do with the kids. There are numerous state parks, like Mississippi Palisades State Park to enjoy, and small towns like Metropolis and Nauvoo are also perfect day trip destinations. 

What are some must-visit attractions in Illinois?

Illinois is a state that has plenty of attractions, both natural and man-made, that we should all visit. If you enjoy quirky attractions, you’ll find many along Illinois’ Historic Route 66. Take some photos with the Gemini Giant in Wilmington, find antiques and get an ice cream at Pink Elephant Antique Mall in Livingston, or stop by Henry’s Rabbit Ranch in Staunton. As for natural attractions, Giant City State Park is always worth a visit if only to see the fascinating rock formations. The massive Cave-In-Rock is a unique destination to explore as well. 

What are some of the most unique things to do in Illinois?

Of all the unique things you can do around the Prairie State, a scenic train ride is hard to beat, allowing passengers to see parts of the state they wouldn’t ordinarily get the chance to.