The Scenic Road Trip That Will Make You Fall In Love With The Beauty of Illinois All Over Again
By Melissa Mahoney|Updated on February 04, 2023(Originally published January 31, 2023)
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When is the last time you took a good look at some of the beauty around the Prairie State? We tend to get used to places where we live and can forget how truly magnificent they are. So, let’s rediscover some of the most beautiful places on this scenic road trip in Illinois. It may make you fall in love with the state’s beauty all over again.
Ready to hit the road? Remember to pack some road trip snacks and gas up the car. Clocking in at just under eight hours and 376 miles, you may want to spend the night somewhere along the way. To visit these places, we created a handy interactive Google map for you to use. Feel free to add and delete stops to make it your own. Ready to go?
Are you ready to take a scenic road trip through Illinois? Have you already been to any of these places? If so, which ones? What other locations would you add to this route? We’d love to read about your experiences in the comments section below!
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Where can we find scenic drives in Illinois?
Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive – This day trip scenic drive option starts about 3 hours outside of Chicago, stretches 140 miles, and is highlighted by over 24 different attractions.
Garden of the Gods – Located in the Shawnee National Forest, the rock formations here are thought to be about 300 million years old.
Cave-In-Rock State Park – Located in southern Illinois, the highlight of the park is 55-foot wide cave that you have to see to believe.