Where the big city and the great outdoors go hand in hand

Illinois may be best known for the city of Chicago, but it is also home to some amazing outdoor landscapes. Located east of Indiana, Illinois is right in the center of the Midwest, providing a taste of all four seasons and amazing hospitality.

Outside Chicago, Illinois boasts a smattering of gorgeous public spaces. In the central part of the state, Starved Rock State Park draws nature-lovers with its waterfalls, sandstone canyons, scenic hikes and beautiful views. Also, there’s really no better way to relive the early days of America’s love for road trips than to hop on legendary Route 66, which kicks off right outside of Chicago and ends in Los Angeles, California. This iconic stretch is decorated with beautiful rolling prairies, farmland, retro diners and lots of quirky outdoor attractions (like the world’s “largest” covered wagon outside of Lincoln). The area includes charming towns, sprawling vineyards and the Shawnee National Forest, which is where Lewis and Clark kicked off their grand exploration.