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Like siblings with totally different personalities, Alton, Elsah and Grafton await in Illinois along the Mississippi River, with stops that combine to create a lively fall weekend.
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Galena shines in the fall, and the little river town in northwest Illinois’ rolling hills continues to evolve. If you haven’t visited lately, we have 7 reasons to go back.
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Read about our fall getaway on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, then check out our three-day itinerary to plan your trip.
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History infuses almost everything in Springfield. Much of Abraham Lincoln’s past lives on here, but beyond that, you’ll find a carillon, classic eats and ghost stories.
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Visit state parks and recreation areas near Galena on our scenic loop drive.
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The Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway threads through natural areas and past spectacular water views, bluffs and brilliant fall foliage.
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This 943-mile route through Ohio, Indiana and Illinois hugs the banks of the Ohio River and passes myriad historical sites.
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One Chicago CityPass ($96) grants holders access to up to five attractions in addition to sweet perks (go ahead, skip the line). Interested? Here’s how we’d make the most of a weekend in Chicago with...
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Take advantage of summer break at the University of Illinois to enjoy outdoor attractions, great restaurants, museums and more in Champaign-Urbana.
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Lincoln sites in Springfield put a relatable face on a larger-than-life figure who intrigues even the most detached visitors. Whether you come for a serious lesson in history or a light-hearted slice...

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