7 Beautiful Covered Bridges In Illinois That Remind Us Of A Simpler Time
By Stephanie Andrews|Updated on September 01, 2023(Originally published December 01, 2016)
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With all the stress of modern life, it can feel great to get away from it all and hark back to a time that felt simpler and more idyllic. And what feels more perfectly American than an Illinois covered bridge? Whether you enjoy taking lovely fall drives through this gorgeous state, or you just love the idea of capturing the beauty of the first snowfall, there is something about these rural covered bridges in Illinois that is picturesque in all seasons and well worth the trip to see them.
It’s time to pull out the map, set up your GPS, and get out of Dodge for a little while. You’ll enjoy feeling like you’ve stepped back in time when you check off each covered bridge on your list. Plus, being surrounded by some peace and quiet might just be the breath of fresh air you were looking for.
If you’ve already checked out any of these covered bridges in Illinois, we would love to hear from you in the comments. Let us know which ones were more beautiful in person or if there is a certain time of the year that’s ideal for checking out some of these nostalgic structures. I think it’s time to go on a road trip to do some lovely fall day trips in Illinois.
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Woodstock. This quiet, family-friendly town has a wonderful historic downtown and offers a walking tour which is quite a delight.
Marion. This town is home to the Marion Carnegie Library and the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge which are great places to get away from the city noise.
Ottawa. This great little town has amazing hiking trails and a state park with a pair of bison as well as several lovely city parks where you can kick back and relax.
St. Charles. This riverside town is a mellow place with a lot of beauty and charm, and mom and pop shops you can quietly peruse.