Rest of Illinois

Rest of Illinois Travel Guide

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

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

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.

Take in America’s second-longest waterway on a deluxe 800-passenger riverboat—short and full-day excursions are narrated, and dinner cruises are available.

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

Gawp at the Illinois art and architecture at the 19th-century mansion.

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 through the high plains, stopping by Craters of the Moon National Park. Years as agent: 26.

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

Kids visit Mrs. Lincoln’s Attic for dress-up and period-reminiscent play.

Opens mid-August.