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Things to do in Rest of Illinois

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Rest of Illinois. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Rest of Illinois 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 Rest of Illinois 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 Rest of Illinois.

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  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

    Kids visit Mrs. Lincoln’s Attic for dress-up and period-reminiscent play. More
  • Celebration River Cruises

    Take in America’s second-longest waterway on a deluxe 800-passenger riverboat—short and full-day excursions are narrated, and dinner cruises are av... More
  • Galena Artists' Guild Gallery

    Peruse the cool art galleries on Spring Street, especially the Galena Artists’ Guild Gallery, which features works by 60 member artists. More
  • Galena Trolley Tours

    View historic buildings and 19th-century homes including the Dowling House, the oldest stone structure in Illinois. More
  • Harold C. Jenkins

    Top Tip: Only 240 miles separate Sun Valley, Idaho, from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Make the most of the drive by taking the scenic Route 20/I-93 east ... More
  • Hegeler Carus Mansion

    Gawp at the Illinois art and architecture at the 19th-century mansion. More
  • Illinois State Fair

    Opens mid-August. 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
  • Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon

    Climb to the top of the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, the fourth-largest carillon in the world. More

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