Unforgettable trips on legendary highways, this Land of Lincoln is full of surprises.....an impressive presidential history, vibrant cities, the start of Route 66, the longest stretch of the Great River Road, lakefront festivals….the list goes on. From the buzz of Chicago to the retro cool kitsch of the Mother Road, our Illinois holidays are chock full of history, culture, outdoor pursuits and the best of American sports.
The northern region of Illinois is full of small friendly towns and local wineries there are also many historic sites like the boyhood home of Ronald Reagan. The central section of the state, namely Arthur, is the heart of the Illinois Amish country and home to the largest and oldest Amish community in the state of Illinois - having been settled for over 140 years. The southernmost tip of Illinois state is home to Superman – really! The city of Metropolis is hosted every June for people from around the world who visit for the annual Superman Celebration.
Possibly Illinois' biggest claim to fame - the start of Route 66! Decades before interstates crisscrossed the country, Route 66 inspired the adventurous to hit the open road. Beginning in the heart of downtown Chicago, much of the road still looks how it did in its golden age. The 301 mile drive through Illinois is filled with retro diners, restored roadside attractions and an abundance of Americana. Mile after mile you’re transported to a time when the great American road trip was fresh and exciting and full of wonderment.