Mark your calendars and travel to Illinois before summer ends with these trip ideas
August 23, 2017
CHICAGO – Now is the perfect time for families to visit Illinois for a last-minute summer getaway and enjoy the great outdoors, learn a little history and unwind before kids head back to school.
“Don’t let the summer slip away without traveling to Illinois, because this time of year brings an exciting energy to the state that’s hard to ignore,” said Illinois Tourism Director, Cory Jobe.
Explore the Great Outdoors
Families seeking outdoor adventures need to look no further than Illinois State Parks:
Take A Step Back in Time
Looking for a fun getaway mixed with history? Travel to Springfield, the state capital, where history comes alive as you walk in the footsteps of President Abraham Lincoln. Visitors can tour Lincoln’s home where he lived with his family for 17 years, his tomb and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Baseball fans can explore the Museum’s new exhibit The Rivalry: Cubs vs. Cardinals featuring historical artifacts from the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals through 2017.
Relax and Unwind
Escape to scenic Galena for a long weekend getaway. Historic Galena is known for its wineries, spas, unique shops, and restaurants. Visitors can discover award-wining wines at Galena Cellars tasting room and vineyard, and sample locally crafted whiskey and spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. While parents relax, kids can test their wild side on a guided zipline course through the woods at Long Hallow Canopy Tours.
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism manages industry efforts that result in sustainable and significant economic and quality-of-life benefits for Illinois residents.