Everyone Should Take This Exhilarating Adventure To Some Of Illinois’ Best Hidden Gems

The Land of Lincoln is full of astounding beauty with its numerous state parks, rivers, and lakes, including Lake Michigan, which provides plenty of opportunities for recreation. And with all the beauty, it may come as no surprise that the state has seven designated National Scenic Byways ranging in length from 33 miles to 550 miles. If you only have a half-day or a day available for a scenic drive, there’s no byway quite like the 33-mile Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway — and the numerous hidden gems you’ll find along the way.

Although this byway is only 33 miles, its short length allows for greater exploration of each point of interest along the way. So, pack some snacks and water, your hiking boots and camera, and hit the road in your vehicle, preferably a 4×4 that can handle some off-roading adventures at the end of this journey. Let’s get this road trip started!

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Are you ready to embark on this scenic journey through 33 miles of dramatic landscape that can only be found in west-central Illinois? There’s a reason why the Meeting of the Great Rivers has been given the distinction as a National Scenic Byway. You’ll just have to see it for yourself.

So, pack what you need for this day trip, gas up your (preferably off-road) vehicle, and make this your next Illinois adventure!