The Ultimate Illinois Hidden Gem Road Trip Will Take You To 10 Incredible Little-Known Spots In The State

When we want to get away, sometimes an impromptu road trip is best. Exploring your own state by car may lead you to some unexpected places that maybe you’ve never heard of or never had the opportunity to visit before. Illinois is filled with many incredible hidden gems and we’ve created this road trip that features over 16-hours of driving time and 10 stops we think you’ll enjoy.

During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.

There are obviously many, many more hidden gems around the Prairie State. What would you add to this list? Please let us know in the comments!

Address: 75 Columbia St, Joliet, IL 60432, USA
Address: Mississippi Palisades State Park, 16327A IL-84, Savanna, IL 61074, USA
Address: 426 W High St, Peoria, IL 61606, USA
Address: 301 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, IL 62703, USA
Address: 908 Veterans Memorial Dr, Livingston, IL 62058, USA
Address: Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, 2600 E Richview Rd, Mt Vernon, IL 62864, USA
Address: Cache River State Natural Area, 930 Sunflower Ln, Belknap, IL 62908, USA
Address: 1325 Outer Belt W, Effingham, IL 62401, USA
Address: 600 S Gregory St, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
Address: 1401 Middlefork Dr, Lake Forest, IL 60045, USA