Enjoy Hiking, Prairie At Illinois’ Nachusa Grasslands

The vast prairie that once covered Illinois is making a comeback of sorts at Nachusa Grasslands Preserve, 90 miles west of Chicago in Franklin Grove, Illinois. This town is also where you’ll find Lincoln Way Inn Bed & Breakfast, making … Continue reading

Illinois’ Cahokia Mounds An Archaeological Wonder

One of the world’s greatest cities in existence in AD 1250 lies within miles of present day Collinsville, Illinois. Larger than London was at the time, the city had inhabitants who were accomplished builders, constructing everything from homes to monumental … Continue reading

Pere Marquette Park: A Nature Lover’s Illinois Paradise

For anyone who enjoys being out in nature, Pere Marquette Park in West Central Illinois offers a year-round playground. The park is located near to Grafton, and visitors can find great lodging at Green Tree Inn or Maple Leafe Cottage … Continue reading

Cross-Country Skiing in Lake County, Illinois

For those who enjoy Nordic skiing, there is no better place to head in Illinois than Lake County, an area located north of Chicago, along the shores of Lake Michigan. Both beautiful and convenient to the city, Lake County is … Continue reading

Johnson-Sauk Trail A Year-Round Illinois Playground

The rolling hill country in north-central Illinois is where you’ll find the Johnson-Sauk Trail State Recreation Area (SRA), and if you’re someone who likes to get outside and play, this is one place you’ll want to mark on your map. … Continue reading

Southern Illinois’ Scenic River To River Trail

Stretching 160 miles from Battery Rock on the Ohio River to Devil’s Backbone Park on the Mississippi is one of the prettiest stretches of trail in the Midwest, the Illinois River to River Trail. From now through autumn is a … Continue reading

Ziplining In Illinois’ Shawnee National Forest

For a birds-eye view of the beauty of the Shawnee National Forest, located in southern Illinois, sign up for a ziplining tour that will have you soaring above the trees. The Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois is a perfect … Continue reading