Everyone in Illinois Should Take This Underappreciated Scenic Drive

Grab your family (or just your own sense of adventure) and spend a Saturday touring this beautiful section of the Illinois River Road!

This scenic drive through Illinois begins in historic Ottawa. The Illinois River Road spans 150 miles. You could spend months following it south to Havana where it meets the Shawnee National Forest and trying to take in the hundreds of natural, historical, and cultural attractions along the way.

For those looking for a quick trip, however, The Central/Northern Byway of the Illinois River Road offers a lovely sample of that experience. This scenic drive through Illinois will take your breath away without you needing to take time off of work.

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What scenic drives through Illinois do you take to get away from it all?  Do you agree with President Roosevelt, or does another spot give Grandview Drive a run for its money?

Get in touch! We want to see your photos and hear your tales of the road.

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