15 Favorite Midwest Amusement Parks
Gurnee, Illinois: Six Flags Great America
State-of-the-art roller coasters and a 20-acre water park draw visitors to this popular park 45 minutes northwest of Chicago. Cap off your day with the nighttime illuminated parade (847/249-4636; sixflags.com/greatAmerica).
Big Thrill: Imagine riding a roller coaster with no track above or below you. It's possible with X Flight, a 3,000-foot-long wing coaster that dives into five inversions.
Family Favorite: Take a ride on the grand Columbia Carousel (pictured), a double-decker classic standing 10 stories tall.
Travel TIp: Avoid sticker shock at the front gate (admission is $59.99 for adults) by purchasing tickets online for an impressive $20 discount.