Average flight time from UK: 8 hours 30 mins   Capital: Springfield


Nestled in the heart of the United States, Illinois paints a vibrant tapestry of scenic byways, lush vineyards, intertwining lakes, and rivers. Its illustrious history includes being home to four U.S. presidents, each leaving their indelible marks. Springfield brings Abraham Lincoln to life at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, while Chicago's suburbs are a testament to President Obama's culinary favorites.


Chicago, often hailed as "America's Favorite City," stands as a glittering jewel on Lake Michigan's shores. With a sprawling 29-mile lakefront dotted with beaches and cycle paths, the city masterfully marries its stunning skyscrapers with outdoor sculptures. This cosmopolitan hub offers a world-class tapestry of arts, from its riveting public art displays to its iconic blues music, from architectural masterpieces to globally acclaimed museums, theaters, and fine dining establishments. For those with a penchant for retail therapy, the Magnificent Mile beckons with luxury stores, while eclectic neighborhood boutiques and outlet malls promise unique finds.


Venture beyond Chicago, and you'll find the essence of the Midwest. Bordered by Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, and Indiana, Illinois is a treasure trove of outdoor adventures, arts, history, culinary gems, and more. From beholding a Monet at the Art Institute of Chicago to traversing the iconic Route 66 or hiking in the Shawnee National Forest, every moment spent here turns into a cherished memory.


The majestic Mississippi River, winding along Illinois' western border, introduces explorers to Great Rivers Country. Here, captivating river towns, steamboats, sprawling vineyards, and cozy bed and breakfasts coalesce. Be sure to make stops at Lewis and Clark's historic starting point, the awe-inspiring Garden of the Gods in Shawnee National Forest, and the quaint towns offering farm-to-table delights and artisanal brews.


For a genuine touch of Illinois craftsmanship, meet the state's artisans, brewers, distillers, and farmers. These local heroes bring to life everything from gourmet popcorn to unique art, furniture, and jewelry. And for those keen on a legendary journey, Route 66 awaits. Dive deep into the legacy of Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, admire architectural marvels from Frank Lloyd Wright to historic Chicago edifices, and find solace in nature at places like Starved Rock State Park or the captivating Mississippi River stretch.


In Illinois, whether you're strolling through charming towns like Galena, embarking on Grafton Zip Line Adventures, or simply marveling at the state's architectural prowess, you're assured an adventure that resonates with the true spirit of America. So come, delve deep into this Midwestern gem, and let Illinois' stories enthrall you.

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Illinois is a state with a lot of hidden gems and experiences to offer. Here are some of the experiences and hidden gems that you can find when you visit Illinois. 


Cahokia Mounds Historic Site: A pre-Columbian Native American site located in southern Illinois between East St. Louis and Collinsville. It features about 80 man-made mounds that had different functions in the ancient society. Visit Monks Mound, the largest structure of four terraces that stands 10 stories tall. It was most likely a temple in ancient times, and was also inhabited by Trappist monks following the Euro-American settlement in the area.


Mississippi Palisades State Park: A beautiful park located near Savanna that offers stunning views of the Mississippi River. The park features several hiking trails, picnic areas, and camping sites.


Cave-in-Rock: A unique cave located near the Ohio River that was once used by pirates to ambush passing boats. The cave is accessible only by boat or by hiking.

Pomona Natural Bridge: A natural bridge located near Pomona that offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The bridge is approximately 90 feet long and 8 feet wide.

Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad: A historic railroad located near Freeport that offers scenic train rides through the countryside.

Anderson Japanese Gardens: A beautiful garden located in Rockford that features several Japanese-style gardens, waterfalls, and koi ponds.

Starved Rock State Park: A beautiful park located near Oglesby that offers several hiking trails, picnic areas, and camping sites. The park features several waterfalls and stunning views of the Illinois River.


Cache River Natural Area: A beautiful natural area located near Cypress that features several hiking trails, canoeing opportunities, and birdwatching sites.

Farnsworth House: A unique house designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe located near Plano. The house is a masterpiece of modernist architecture and is open for tours.

Great River Road: A scenic road that follows the Mississippi River from Minnesota to Louisiana. The road offers stunning views of the river and several historic sites along the way.

Kaskaskia Dragon: A unique statue located in Vandalia that features a dragon holding a key in its mouth. The statue is made of concrete and stands 35 feet tall.

The Violet Hour: A unique cocktail bar located in Chicago that offers a speakeasy-style atmosphere and creative cocktails.

Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.: A unique store located in Chicago that sells spy gear, gadgets, books, and other items related to espionage. The store is run by 826CHI, a non-profit organization that provides writing programs for children.

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