These 10 Perfectly Picturesque Small Towns In Illinois Are Delightful

Larger, well-known cities get all the love in Illinois. But did you know that there are loads of picturesque towns just hiding across Illinois? Here are 10 of the very best, beautiful small towns in Illinois, each hand-picked by us for you:

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As we said, these are just a few of the delightful towns across Illinois. Which is your favorite? Did your favorite not make the list? Let us know in the comments! We love to hear from you. Do you have a town you’d like to see featured? Let us know by filling out this form!

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Beautiful Small Towns in Illinois

September 02, 2021

Where are the most beautiful places in Illinois?  

Illinois is a gorgeous state with so many picturesque, beautiful places that it’s tough to narrow it down to just a few for this paragraph! It truly is a state filled with so much wonder and beauty that it’s no surprise folks love to visit. Some of our favorite beautiful places in Illinois include Matthiesen State Park, in Oglesby, which is truly breathtaking all year ‘round. Speaking of state parks, you’ll probably also love the scenery and unique landscapes at Mississippi Palisades State Park, and Illinois Beach State Park as well. In Herod, you’ll find the Garden of the Gods, which is often considered one of the most beautiful places in the entire state. And believe it or not, Chicago itself is a hub of scenic and beautiful places. For example, the Riverwalk is stunning, especially if you’re a fan of city lights and skyscrapers. For more of our picks for the most beautiful places in Illinois, take a look at this article.  

Where can I go for some fun day trips in Illinois?  

Illinois may not be a huge state, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of delightful ideas for day trips you can indulge in! Pay a visit to any of its incredible state parks, like Illinois Beach or any of the other 309 (you read that right) state parks and state-maintained recreation areas. You can make an entire day out of learning the history of the interesting Cahokia Mounds, outside of Collinsville. There, you’ll find 80+ ancient mounds crafted by Native American peoples of long ago. If you’re a wine lover, you could always follow one of Illinois’s awesome wine trails. Go on, get outside and go – the whole state is waiting!  

What are the best things to do in Illinois? 

Illinois is a great place to live and/or visit, and there is plenty to do here. If you’re more interested in city life, there’s always the beautiful Anderson Japanese Gardens, near Rockford, where you’ll be blown away by the lovingly curated greenery of an incredible garden. Speaking of gardens, the Chicago Botanic Garden is another must-see, so make sure to add it to your bucket list! You could also spend countless hours lounging on the beautiful beaches of Lake Michigan, or you could explore any of the gorgeous small towns calling the state home. Your imagination is the limit, so start daydreaming; you never know where you’ll end up.