With cooler temperatures, glorious foliage and a calendar’s worth of adventures now’s an opportune time to take advantage of all that Illinois and its neighbor to the north have to offer for fun fall family getaways. Check out these destinations, all within a few hours drive:
Galena – Nestled in the rolling hills of Northwest Illinois is the charming and historic town of Galena. This picturesque town has something for everyone, from quaint downtown shops, local wineries and historic sites, such as the home of Ulysses S. Grant and DeSoto House Hotel – which both Grant and Abraham Lincoln visited. If you prefer outdoor adventures Galena and its surrounding communities deliver with mile after mile of hiking, biking and equestrian trails. Head up to Chestnut Mountain for panoramic views of the Mississippi River before heading back into town to grab a bite to eat at one of the town’s many restaurants.
Springfield – History comes alive in our state’s capitol, where your family can walk the same streets Abraham Lincoln did. The Lincoln sites, including his home, law office and the Old State Capitol are within a short walking distance from another – as is the current capitol and Illinois State Museum, which has some pretty cool fossils of creatures that once roamed Illinois, dozens of interactive displays and artifacts that tell our state’s history.
No trip to Springfield is complete without visiting the state-of-the-art Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, with settings that display Lincoln’s journey from his childhood in Kentucky to his somber funeral. Before heading out of town, stop by Oak Ridge Cemetery to visit his final resting place – make sure to rub Honest Abe’s nose for good luck!
Milwaukee – If you’re looking for a fun fall family getaway that offers everything from Old World charm to animals of all kinds, Milwaukee provides it and more. Sites to check off your list include the amazing Milwaukee County Zoo, Harley Davidson Museum and the city’s vibrant downtown. Before calling it a day enjoy delicious German cuisine at Mader’s Restaurant. On the trip home, make quick stops at the Mars Cheese Castle and O & H Danish Bakery to pick up tasty treats.
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