30 Great Midwest Spots to See Fall Color
Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway
Within easy drives of Chicago and St. Louis, the Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway threads through natural areas and past the sort of water views, bluffs and brilliant fall foliage Illinois rarely gets credit for. When travelers start craving the comforts of civilization, the road meanders to places with just the right amount -- welcoming hearths, inspiring art and history, memorable meals, and even locally produced wines. At left, a view of the Illinois River unfolds from a bluff at Starved Rock State Park.