It’s no secret that Chicago is one of the best cities in the country (IMHO), but I often don’t give enough credit to the areas surrounding the Windy City. One of my goals this year is to get out of Chicago more for a bit of exploring, whether that means heading to Holland, Michigan, for the spring tulip festival or driving to the Indiana Dunes for a beach day. (As a Notre Dame grad, Indiana holds a special place in my heart.) Here are a few day trips I’m thinking about taking this fall!
Apple River Canyon State Park for scenic bluffs and rolling hills.
Galena, Illinois, for small-town charm. My family has actually had a place here since I was little, but I haven’t been in forever. The fall foliage is supposed to be amazing.
Starved Rock State Park for gorgeous waterfalls and hiking.
The Morton Arboretum for botanical beauty. They also have a Cider & Ale fest on October 20 that sounds like a blast!
Anything else I should add to my list? I admittedly know very little about the rest of Illinois and the nearby states, so any and all recommendations are welcome.