Take A 2-Hour Drive Through Illinois To See This Year's Beautiful Fall Colors
By Elizabeth Crozier|Updated on August 03, 2023(Originally published October 22, 2019)
An Illinois transplant who grew up and went to school in Indiana for 22 years, Elizabeth holds a BFA in creative writing and has enjoyed traveling across the country and parts of Europe. She has visited half of the states, as well as parts of Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean, and regularly travels home to the Hoosier State to see friends and family. With more than five years of writing experience, Elizabeth’s articles have been featured on several websites, and her poetry and short stories have been published in multiple literary journals.
The best way to see the fall foliage in Illinois is to take a fall drive through the state and witness it all. In just under two hours, you can go on a scenic and memorable road trip that will take you to four of the state’s best outdoor attractions. Check out this fall foliage drive in Illinois:
Is there another fall foliage drive in Illinois you know of that is beautiful? Share your favorite places to cruise with us in the comments.
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Where is the best place to enjoy fall colors in Illinois?
The best place to enjoy fall colors in Illinois is right out your front door. With a wonderful landscape of deciduous trees and bushes ready to explode with color in the fall, Illinois is a wonderful state to live in or visit in the fall. If you need a little more guidance than that, here are a few amazing places to enjoy fall colors in Illinois:
Anderson Japanese Gardens, Rockford, IL: The tranquil nature of a Japanese garden is made even more special when fall washes over it like a watercolor painting. With the elegant wooden bridge set against a gently flowing stream surrounded by fall foliage, you can't help but feel at peace. This garden definitely makes for a lovely afternoon in the fall.
Starved Rock State Park, Oglesby, IL: Imagine standing in a vast cave looking out at a landscape bathed in gold - that's what it is like when you explore the caves and canyons in this popular state park. Not only will you enjoy the fall colors, but stunning waterfalls as well. If you are looking for a great place to hike in the fall, this will do nicely.
The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL: An arboretum is just about the perfect place to enjoy a walk when the season changes to fall. With over 17,000 acres to explore filled with plants and trees just bursting with color, the Morton Arboretum is one of our favorite places in Illinois in the fall.
Ferne Clyffe State Park, Goreville, IL: This state park may not be on your radar, but it should. It is a smaller state park but one that is just as lovely in the fall. It may have a plethora of ferns that remain green in the fall, but the picturesque forest certainly has plenty of leaf-changing going on. With interesting rock formations and scenic views, you'll definitely enjoy a fall hike at this state park.