From scenic landscapes to urban neighborhoods, Illinois has so much to offer. If you are trying to plan a visit to Illinois, look no further! Read on to learn about the best places to visit in the state of Illinois.
What was once a railroad yard and parking lot is now an iconic area known as Millenium Park. Marvel at the Cloud Gate sculpture (also known as “The Bean”), the Crown Fountain, and the BP Bridge. With all of these sites, this park offers fantastic photo opportunities.
While you are visiting Millennium Park, be sure to download our app, Action Tour Guide. We offer a self-guided walking tour of Millennium Park, which includes the sites listed above, as well as the Pritzker Pavillion, the park’s “Secret Garden,” and the Art Institute of Chicago. This GPS-navigated tour is the best way to experience all that Millennium Park has to offer.
Shawnee National Forest
This forest is home to many impressive rock formations because of an ancient ice sheet that melted millions of years ago. The forest is best known for Garden of the Gods, a stunning rock formation. Besides this, the forest is perfect for hiking, swimming, photography, and camping.
Home to the University of Illinois, the largest university in the state, you will enjoy exploring this bustling college town. Champagne and Urbana are two different cities that combine into one metropolis. While you’re here, check out Market at the Square, a charming and bustling farmer’s market where you can find local coffee, baked goods, and high-quality produce.
The Chicago Riverwalk starts at Lake Michigan and stretches to Franklin Street. The walk is nicknamed Chicago’s “Second Lakefront” and boasts fantastic restaurants, boat rentals, and outdoor seating areas.
While you’re in Chicago, you can use our self-guided tour app, Action Tour Guide. We offer a self-guided walking tour of the Chicago Riverwalk, including sites like the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza, McCormick Bridgehouse, Tribune Tower, and the picturesque DuSable Bridge. Enjoy touring Chicago’s Riverwalk at your own pace with our low-cost audio guide!
Lincoln’s New Salem
If you are a lover of history and politics, this is the perfect site for you! This national landmark is the reconstruction of where our most influential president, Abraham Lincoln, lived between 1831 and 1837. Located north of Springfield, Illinois, this is a great place to learn more about the life of Lincoln. There are 23 buildings to explore at this landmark, with many of them being log cabins. With furniture and horses that are accurate to the time period, you can get a feel for the culture during the time of Lincoln.
Starved Rock State Park
Located less than 100 miles from Chicago, right next to the Illinois River, this park is full of scenic canyons and captivating waterfalls. This park is an excellent place for nature-lovers; you can hike, bike, and see wildlife such as deer and birds. Before you leave, make sure to see Wildcat Canyon and French Canyon.
Before visiting Illinois, download our app, Action Tour Guide. Our self-guided walking and driving tours offer value, safety, and flexibility, making them the best option for exploring everything that your next destination has to offer. Whether you want to experience the historical sites, gorgeous scenery, or giant mansions, we have an option for everyone.
You can even use our GPS- navigated tours offline, so you can explore at your own pace during any time of the day!