100 Best Midwest Small-Town Getaways
Find history in Illinois
Alto Pass/Jonesboro These two rustic towns provide a base for outings in southern Illinois' Shawnee National Forest (left) and a growing wine scene.
Bishop Hill Descendants of settlers preserve a Swedish-American Utopian community's legacy.
Alton/Elsah/Grafton Historic buildings, antiques shops and inns line the Mississippi.
Nauvoo You'll find restored buildings and reenactors in this onetime Mormon enclave on the Mississippi River, in addition to a winery and historic hotel.
Arcola/Arthur Amish country sits nearby, so visit shops selling Amish everything or lots of places for hearty food.