There are loads of great road trip stops in Illinois. So many, it would take several visits to cover them all.
Here are 7 suggestions that may interest you…
a little something for everyone.
7 Great Road Trip Stops in Illinois
McDonald’s Museum (Des Plaines)
This museum was built using the blueprints of the original McDonald’s restaurant, which opened in 1955. There’s a huge Happy Meal toy collection, retired ride-on toys, colorful murals and more.
Groundhog Day Walking Tour (Woodstock)
The classic movie Groundhog Day (starring Bill Murray) was filmed in Woodstock, Illinois. If your road trip takes you anywhere near there, the Groundhog Day self-guided walking tour is a must. It consists of 15 never-to-forget spots around town that were featured in the film.
Navy Pier (Chicago)
There’s tons of fun to be had at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Activities include riding the huge Ferris wheel, playing miniature golf, visiting the museum and going for a boat ride. The pier is also home to many fantastic shopping venues and restaurants.
Mermet Springs (Belknap)
Mermet Springs is sometimes referred to as “a Midwest scuba paradise.” It really is one of the most unusual diving spots in the United States. Explore the variety of fun objects that have been purposely submerged in the water, including the Boeing 727 used in the movie U.S. Marshals. Of course, there’s a variety of living underwater wildlife as well. Scuba equipment rentals available on-site.
Spirit of Peoria (Peoria)
Discover both the Mississippi and Illinois rivers when you ride the Spirit of Peoria. This authentic paddlewheel riverboat offers several different cruise packages, including fun overnight trips for the whole family.
Shedd Aquarium (Chicago)
More than 650 species of wildlife call Shedd Aquarium home. This includes fish, birds, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates and amphibians. Take time out to explore the 90,000 gallon coral reef exhibit or watch the dolphin and whale shows. Don’t forget torab a bite to eat and visit the on-site gift shop too.
Brookfield Zoo (Brookfield)
Brookfield Zoo opened its doors in 1934. Today, it’s bigger and better than ever before. Children of all ages love saying hello to their favorite animals, riding the carousel and the motor safari and playing at the Hamill Family Play Zoo, where they can pretend to be a zoo keeper and much more.
Of the 7 featured destinations which do you think you’ll visit first?
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