Fall Color Along the Illinois River Road
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Down by the river
Within easy drives of Chicago and St. Louis, the Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway threads through natural areas and past spectacular water views, bluffs and brilliant fall foliage. 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.
Click ahead for a peek at some of the places you can see along your journey. At left, a view of the Illinois River unfolds from a bluff at Starved Rock State Park.