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  • Fall Road Trips in Illinois

    Find room to roam on these scenic road trips. Fuel up for fall with artsy hangouts, local wine, the small-town scene and leafy views that pretty much look like paintings.

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    • A Southern Loop
    • A Tour of Trees
    • A Riverside Byway

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    Fall Road Trips in Illinois

    Find room to roam on these scenic road trips. Fuel up for fall with artsy hangouts, local wine, the small-town scene and leafy views that pretty much look like paintings.

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  • Eco-Friendly Hotels and Green Getaways in Illinois

    Iillinois' state parks and spots of natural beauty make for a great way to travel eco-friendly and unwind in a simpler, sustainable setting.

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    • Shawnee National Forest & Makanda
    • River Cruises in the Quad Cities
    • Chicago

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    Eco-Friendly Hotels and Green Getaways in Illinois

    Iillinois' state parks and spots of natural beauty make for a great way to travel eco-friendly and unwind in a simpler, sustainable setting.

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  • College Football in Illinois

    Your guide to seeing college football action up close in Illinois, including what to eat and where to stay in every town.

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    • Northwestern University Wildcats
    • Northern Illinois University Huskies
    • University of Illinois Fighting Illini

    Get Ready for Game Day

    College Football in Illinois

    Your guide to seeing college football action up close in Illinois, including what to eat and where to stay in every town.

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  • Fall Colors on the Great River Road

    Though the Great River Road covers an incredible amount of ground—2,000 miles along the Mississippi River from Minnesota to Louisiana—it's easy to enjoy piece by piece during leisurely weekend getaways, especially as a a drive-by gallery of fiery-color foliage engulfing the bluffs.

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    • Galena
    • Moline & Rock Island
    • Nauvoo

    Foliage in Nine Towns Along the Mississippi River

    Fall Colors on the Great River Road

    Though the Great River Road covers an incredible amount of ground—2,000 miles along the Mississippi River from Minnesota to Louisiana—it's easy to enjoy piece by piece during leisurely weekend getaways, especially as a a drive-by gallery of fiery-color foliage engulfing the bluffs.

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  • Journey Along the Lincoln Highway

    The Lincoln Highway – US-30 for much of its way across northern Illinois – was born when Midwest visionaries saw the need for a New York-to-San Francisco route. In 1914, crews poured the first concrete, creating a marvel beside the rutted paths that defied early motorists. Now, I-80 and I-88 parallel almost all of the 179-mile route through Illinois.

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    • Frankfort
    • Joliet
    • Aurora

    Shopping, Architecture, and Idyllic Towns Along a Historic Byway

    Journey Along the Lincoln Highway

    The Lincoln Highway – US-30 for much of its way across northern Illinois – was born when Midwest visionaries saw the need for a New York-to-San Francisco route. In 1914, crews poured the first concrete, creating a marvel beside the rutted paths that defied early motorists. Now, I-80 and I-88 parallel almost all of the 179-mile route through Illinois.

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  • Illinois Shopping

    Shop the Magnificent Mile, score some designer deals and explore the delightful boutiques and galleries of historic Galena.

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    Chicago – Galena
    • Chicago’s Magnificent Mile
    • Luxury and High Fashion
    • Score Yourself a Designer Deal

    Discover the best shopping in Illinois

    Illinois Shopping

    Shop the Magnificent Mile, score some designer deals and explore the delightful boutiques and galleries of historic Galena.

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  • Route 66

    A 300-mile stretch of American roadway, steeped in legend and packed full with eccentric lifers, nostalgic eats, quirky museums and more kitsch than you can shake a restored 1940’s gas pump at. This is the Mother Road.

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    Chicago – Collinsville
    • Chicago to Joliet
    • Joliet to Bloomington
    • Bloomington to Springfield

    Drive the iconic Mother Road on Illinois Route 66.

    Route 66

    A 300-mile stretch of American roadway, steeped in legend and packed full with eccentric lifers, nostalgic eats, quirky museums and more kitsch than you can shake a restored 1940’s gas pump at. This is the Mother Road.

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  • IL ♥ LGBTQ

    From fabulous nightlife to quaint retreats, Illinois greets LGBTQ travelers with trip ideas that start in Chicago’s vibrant LGBTQ neighborhoods and continue to attractions and festivals around the state.

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    • Welcome to the Neighborhood
    • Out & About in Galena
    • Pride Month

    Travel with Pride in Illinois

    IL ♥ LGBTQ

    From fabulous nightlife to quaint retreats, Illinois greets LGBTQ travelers with trip ideas that start in Chicago’s vibrant LGBTQ neighborhoods and continue to attractions and festivals around the state.

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  • Golf Illinois

    Illinois has a wealth of great public golf courses. Take a golfing vacation and discover the best places to golf in Illinois.

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    • Golf in the Heart of the City
    • Meet Dubsdread
    • A Suburban Oasis

    Discover the best golf in Illinois

    Golf Illinois

    Illinois has a wealth of great public golf courses. Take a golfing vacation and discover the best places to golf in Illinois.

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