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Things to do in Illinois River Valley

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Illinois River Valley. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Illinois River Valley attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Illinois River Valley to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Illinois River Valley.

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  • Hegeler Carus Mansion

    Gawp at the Illinois art and architecture at the 19th-century mansion. More
  • Starved Rock Air Tours

    Experience the beauty of the park’s glacier-formed canyons, rock formations, and the valley from the air with a 15-minute tour by helicopter. More
  • Starved Rock State Park

    The park boasts breathtaking scenery of rock formations, canyons, and the Illinois River Valley, offering outdoor activities year-round. More

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