IllinoisIllinois, located in the Midwest, is probably best known for Chicago. However, the state holds many more attractions, including the home of former president Abraham Lincoln, natural wonders amid expansive flatlands, Lake Michigan and many other exciting cities.

First stop: Chicago. The “Windy City” borders Lake Michigan and a boardwalk alongside Navy Pier, the Lincoln Park Zoo, and Millennium Park. Navy Pier is one of the top destinations in Chicago with its diverse restaurants, carnival games and boardwalk shopping opportunities. Other spots to see include the Art Institute of Chicago, known for its array of sought-after works of art and fascinating exhibits. The Sears Tower features a Skydeck allowing visitors a view from one of the tallest buildings in the world, at 1,353 feet tall. On a clear day, visitors can see for about 40-50 miles.

Springfield, the state capital, is home to many museums and historic sites celebrating former president Abraham Lincoln. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum celebrates the life and memory of the 16th president of the United States. Route 66, one of the United States most famous scenic byways, goes straight through Springfield. The Kidzeum of Health & Science is a great place for the kids to engage in educational and entertaining games, cool activities, and hands-on exhibits.

Natural wonders can be found throughout the state. River Adventures, where you can raft, kayak, canoe and much more, is a great place to begin exploring the Fox River. The Starved Rock State Park features waterfalls, expansive bluffs, and canyon views among the many outdoor activities. The LaSalle Horse Pulled Canal Boat Ride allows riders to take a step back in time in an hour long canal boat ride that hasn’t changed since 1848.

From the big city of Chicago to the museums in Springfield to outdoor experiences at state parks throughout the state, fun and excitement will ensue for every visitor.

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