Illinois November 24, 2018
Here Are The 9 Most Peaceful Places To Go In Illinois When You Need A Break From It All
Stress can build up quickly, and the best way to care of it is to take care of yourself. You can do just that at one of these nine peaceful places in the Land of Lincoln.
From tranquil state parks to marvelous gardens to luxurious hotels, this list of attractions will have you on Cloud Nine. Check it out:
1. Horseshoe Mound Preserve
This little-known spot in northern Illinois has some of the best views in the state. In total, it spans 40 acres, and the most notable attraction here is Council Ring. This Stonehenge-like structure is aligned with the setting sun on the summer and winter solstices. Find it at 1679 N Blackjack Rd., Galena, IL 61036.
2. Anderson Japanese Garden
This 12-acre garden is full of waterfalls, streams, and ponds as well as gorgeous and exotic plants. By way of peaceful places, this might be the most beautiful. Tranquility will wash over you every step of the way. Find your zen anytime of year at 318 Spring Creek Rd., Rockford, IL 61107.
3. Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages
Located in the sprawling countryside, this gorgeous resort is perfect for nature lovers. Of all the peaceful places in Illinois, this one is bound to soothe your soul with charm and an amazing homemade breakfast each morning. Enjoy fresh cookies in your room each day and a lovely little walking trail that goes all around the property. Learn more about it
4. Garden of the Gods
This 3,300 acre area of the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois is known for its unique rock formations that rival even those in Colorado. The park contains 5.5 miles of trails and is excellent to view anytime of year.
5. Sunset Inn & Suites
For a true way to relax, nothing beats this luxurious hotel. Though it doesn't look like much from the outside, there are actually a dozen uniquely themed rooms within that contain amazing amenities like Jacuzzi tubs, walk-in showers, and saunas. Learn more about this marvelous getaway
6. Cantigny Park
Completely free to visit, this 500-acre paradise contains multiple gardens with ponds, bushes, flowers, and gorgeous paths. Each and every one of your senses will be activated here as you smell and feel your way through this peaceful place. Find historic monuments, a restaurant, and shopping at 1 S 151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton, IL 60189.
7. Inn At Irish Hollow
Set on 500 acres, this gorgeous inn includes both suites and cottages. Guests enjoy much privacy here as well as amenities like fireplaces, walk-in showers, king-size beds, and other extravagant furnishings. Breakfast and dinner are served on site, and there is a beautiful garden to explore. Learn more about this wonderful getaway
8. Monument To Women Memorial Garden
This two-acre garden features 12 statues that depict the roles of women from child raising to intellectual engagement. It was constructed in the town of Nauvoo in the 1970s and belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
9. Matthiessen State Park
Often overshadowed for nearby Starved Rock, this state park is likely to bring you more peace as it is less crowded, generally. It was established in 1942 and contains 1,700 acres of waterfalls, cliffs, forestry, and other natural attractions. Find it at 2500 IL-178, Oglesby, IL 61348.
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What other peaceful places in Illinois do you like to visit? Share your favorite spots with us below in the comments.