Illinois Holidays

Holidays in Illinois

With Chicago as the beating heart of this Midwest state, holidays in Illinois offer adventures as iconic as the Mississippi River that flows it. This an historic state that Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln all called home. Yet, if it’s spectacular scenery that you long for, be sure to spend time in Shawnee National Forest to gaze in awe at the stunning rock formations of the Garden of the Gods. Then take to horseback to explore the woodlands, hills and lakes of the Rim Rock Recreational Trail. Or grab the keys to your car of choice and begin your Route 66 adventure here, heading west on mile after mile of legendary highway, stopping off at classic roadside diners and motels.

Welcome to the Land of Lincoln

To find out more about the 16th President head to Springfield to visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Eventually, all roads will lead to Chicago, whether to cruise along its river, or to ascend to the observation deck of the 1,450-foot skyscraper, Willis Tower or simply to shop for bargains along Michigan Avenue. Tour the Frank Lloyd Home and Studio in Chicago and discover the works of one of the world’s most celebrated architects. Embark on a motorhome holiday along the Great River Road for breath-taking views, encountering Galena, the City That Time Forgot. Then, lace your hiking boots and trek amid impressive waterfalls and sandstone canyons in Starved Rock State Park. Whatever your choice, let the state of Illinois inspire your next, great American holiday.

Destination Highlights
  • Start your epic adventure for Route 66
  • Indulge in presidential history in Galena
  • Hike through the Garden of the Gods in Shawnee National Forest
  • Take in a baseball game at Wrigley Field
Essential Information
  • Time Zone GMT -6 hours
  • Currency USD - US Dollar
  • Visa Information Ensure you have a valid ESTA prior to travel
  • Language English
  • Flight Time Approx 9 hours; direct flights from the UK are available
  • Health Information No vaccinations required

Top Tips from our Experts


Destination Specialist

"Make the most out of your time in Illinois by hiring a car. Start your holiday in Chicago and drive through Illinois stopping in places like Galena, Springfield and Peoria. If you feel up for it, why not take on the Route 66 and drive across the country to Los Angeles"

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