You Must Visit These 8 Awesome Places In Illinois This Fall

It’s official – fall is almost here. But that’s no reason to stop taking trips! In fact, it’s an even BETTER reason to take some trips. There are plenty of wonderful weekend trips you should especially take in the fall. Here are eight of the best places to visit in Illinois in the fall – you’re going to love every one of them.

Where else do you think are among the best places to visit in Illinois in the fall? Let us know in the comments – we love hearing from you! Then, consider doing one of our epic inexpensive road trips through Illinois, too!

Address: LaRue-Pine Hills, 475E, Wolf Lake, IL 62998, USA
Address: The Morton Arboretum, 4100 IL-53, Lisle, IL 60532, USA
Address: Starved Rock State Park, 2678 E 875th Rd, Oglesby, IL 61348, USA
Address: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022, USA
Address: Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway, 11304 N Prairie Rd, Lewistown, IL 61542, USA
Address: Six Flags Great America, 1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee, IL 60031, USA
Address: Galena, IL 61036, USA
Address: Champaign-Urbana, IL, IL, USA
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Best Places to Visit in Illinois in the Fall

August 18, 2022

Where can I go to see fall foliage near me?  

No matter which part of Illinois you’re from, you’re sure to find foliage ablaze with wonderful color nearby. It seems like Illinois in the fall is especially magical because everything is on fire in shades of gold, orange, crimson, and pale yellow. Among our favorite places to see fall foliage in Illinois are gems like the Morton Arboretum, in Lisle, Big Marsh Park, in South Deering, any of the forest preserves in Winnebago County (where you’ll find more than 10,500 acres of awe-inspiring woodlands awash in color), and the Lincoln Memorial Garden and Nature Center in Springfield is also a true crown jewel at this time of year.  

Where are the best spots for fall colors in Illinois?  

Are you a fan of the natural wonders in Illinois? Cool – what better time to see them than now, when fall is coming (or even here) and everything is at its most beautiful? We have many more favorite destinations for fall colors in Illinois, like our awesome state parks. Check out Giant City State Park, in Makanda, which is both a place for amazing hikes and wonderful camping, and the Pere Marquette State Park is another spot for unparalleled autumn splendor. We also recommend Matthiessen State Park and the amazing Shawnee National Forest.  

Where are some of the most beautiful places in Illinois?  

Illinois is an awe-inspiring place – as it turns out, the whole Midwest is. Some of our favorite scenic places in Illinois (other than, you know, all of ‘em) include some truly breathtaking parks like Starved Rock State Park (remember what we literally just said about state parks? You cannot go wrong), the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, and the Graceland Cemetery is a lot more breathtaking than you’d expect thanks to the fact that it doubles as an arboretum and is the ultimate place for spooky fall vibes (with a view). Oh, and embark upon some of the best scenic drives in Illinois – you will never regret it.  

Address: LaRue-Pine Hills, 475E, Wolf Lake, IL 62998, USA
Address: The Morton Arboretum, 4100 IL-53, Lisle, IL 60532, USA
Address: Starved Rock State Park, 2678 E 875th Rd, Oglesby, IL 61348, USA
Address: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022, USA
Address: Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway, 11304 N Prairie Rd, Lewistown, IL 61542, USA
Address: Six Flags Great America, 1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee, IL 60031, USA
Address: Galena, IL 61036, USA
Address: Champaign-Urbana, IL, IL, USA