Here’s The Perfect Weekend Itinerary If You Love Exploring Illinois’s Waterfalls

There are so many beautiful waterfalls throughout Illinois that sometimes it’s hard to keep track. So, we put together a three-day weekend getaway featuring some of the often-overlooked waterfalls and fall-themed spots around the state. Use the map below, hop in the car, and get going on this waterfalls in Illinois road trip.

Use the interactive Google Maps link to help guide you on this Illinois waterfalls road trip.

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Waterfalls In Illinois

August 20, 2021

What kind of road trips in Illinois can I plan? 

There are many types of road trips in Illinois you can take. For example, take the day and visit any of the state's parks. Take a drive that leads you to several different breathtaking waterfalls, or maybe concoct a food-oriented road trip with stops at the best chicken wing restaurants. There are road trips to Illinois’s best small towns or even ghost towns. The possibilities are truly endless. Check out additional road trip ideas.

What are some interesting natural wonders in Illinois? 

There are some very interesting natural wonders in Illinois. Some favorites include the amazing Garden of the Gods, which is nestled within the Shawnee National Forest. It features 300-million-year-old rock formations and some of the most interesting geology in the state. There is also the world-famous Cave-in-Rock, which is in southern Illinois just off the Ohio River. It’s an impressive 55 feet wide, and people love to explore it. Illinois' state parks are particularly beautiful and some of the best ones include Starved Rock State Park and Mattheisen State Park, both of which feature incredible waterfalls.  

What are the best outdoor things to do in Illinois? 

There are endless outdoor things to do in Illinois. There's camping, fishing, and more than 700 miles of trails winding throughout the state. Illinois is also a great place for “glamping”, a more modernized version of “glamourous camping”. There are tiny houses, yurts, and plenty of beautiful campsites. The state is also home to 155 lakes and thousands of miles of rivers.