Welcome to Illinois
From Chicago and beyond to the Great Rivers Country, from the Land of Lincoln to Trails to Adventure, Illinois offers a diversity of RV experiences Each region has its own unique personality.
A great place to start is the Land of Lincoln. Presidential history meets Americana in this central region of Illinois that's home to two American icons: Abe Lincoln and Route 66.
History comes alive in Springfield, home to more Lincoln sites than anywhere else in the nation. Explore everything from Abe's house and law offices to his presidential museum. Route 66 makes its way through Springfield leaving behind plenty of Americana in the form of classic diners and kitschy roadside attractions.
One of the most-visited presidential museums in the nation, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum allows visitors to experience the entire Lincoln story under one roof, from Abe's humble beginnings in an Indiana log cabin to his days as president.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site is one of the best-preserved examples of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie design. This 35-room mansion contains some 100 pieces of Wright-designed furniture.
Chicago & Beyond
Midwest meets world-class in this northern region of Illinois anchored by Chicago where one can explore everything from the Magnificent Mile to Navy Pier.
See Chicago's famous skyline from the John Hancock Observatory. Explore more than 800 exhibits at the Museum of Science and Industry, the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere. The second-largest art museum in the U.S., the Art Institute of Chicago is home to more than 300,000 works of art. You'll find world-class shopping, dining and entertainment throughout the Magnificent Mile area. Located on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, the Skydeck Chicago's Ledge's glass boxes jut out from the side of the skyscraper, offering unparalleled views of Chicago and four neighboring states.
Located in the heart of the city, the free Lincoln Park Zoo features an ape house, a children's zoo and rides on an old-fashioned carousel.
Great Rivers Country
The Mississippi and Illinois rivers carved the rolling landscape into this western region of Illinois. Experience historic nineteenth-century towns, sip wine in vineyards and explore everything from French forts to ancient civilizations.
Nestled in the Mississippi River Valley, Galena's carefully preserved nineteenth-century red brick buildings are home to charming boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and inns. Historic Main Street curves past nearly 100 19th-century storefronts.
The legend of John Deere lives on in Moline at the world's most comprehensive agricultural exhibit. Featured are vintage and modern-day equipment, interactive agricultural displays and a large collection of John Deere merchandise. Tour Deere & Companies largest combine factory and Visitors Center.
The new Caterpillar Visitors Center on the Peoria RiverFront provides an inside look at the construction equipment company. Highlights include a construction site with massive Caterpillar tractors and machines, simulators of Caterpillar products that visitors can operate and a movie theater housed in a replica two-stories-tall mining truck.
Trails to Adventure
The scenery in this southernmost region is perhaps the best in the state.
Home to Southern Illinois University, Carbondale bustles with a busy historic district lined with shops and restaurants. Twenty-five historic buildings ring Carbondale's nostalgic Town Square. Nearby parks, year-round golf and the popular Shawnee Hills Wine Trail also tempt visitors to spend time here.
The historic Makanda Boardwalk dates back to the 1890s. Today it offers a country store and galleries featuring quality handcrafts created by local artisans.
Millions of years in the making, the Garden of the Gods near Harrisburg provides spectacular views unlike anywhere in the Midwest. See Camel Rock, Anvil Rock, Devil's Smoke Stack and other dramatic rock formations in this hiker's wonderland.
Pomona Natural Bridge, a natural geologic sandstone formation spans 90 feet across a ravine in a mature beech, oak and hickory forest