When you think about Illinois chances are you think only of Chicago. And indeed America’s vibrant third largest city deserves your attention because of its colourful history, Lake Michigan-fronting beaches and parks, cutting-edge architecture, lively cultural scene and numerous shopping opportunities. But out there beyond the cloud-piercing skyscrapers is another, quite different Illinois of particular interest to those fascinated by America’s unique history and folk culture.
Start by heading south on legendary Route 66. Mile-on-mile, the Illinois portion of the ‘Mother Road’ holds more roadside attractions such as classic diners, drive-ins and petrol stations. Stop in Springfield, the capital of Illinois, for an unforgettable visit to President Abraham Lincoln’s hometown where history comes alive. Make sure to visit quaint riverside towns along the Mississippi River. Alton, famous for its antique stores, ghosts and nesting bald eagles as well as Grafton and Moline, bases for paddleboat river cruises. Among the most appealing is Galena, tucked away in the north-west corner of the state. Explore its historic district on a guided carriage ride, visit Civil War sites, sample wine in the local vineyards and enjoy shopping, golfing and kayaking.
Whatever you are looking for in a holiday, Illinois has it covered. Book now for the best offers and start your American dream holiday!