No matter where you live, you don’t have to travel far to experience unfamiliar places and breathtaking landscapes. Rather than taking a hot summer road trip to explore the state you call home, you can take a scenic fall drive. These drives allow you to explore your state and witness fall foliage in full bloom. Here are some scenic fall drives that we recommend in Illinois.
Great River Road
This 570-mile byway run north to south, transporting you through meadows, forests, and even swamps. While traveling, stop and explore the town of Galena, which is a small-town full of old architecture, local shops, and plenty of places to stay the night.
Illinois River Road
If you’re a nature lover at heart, you’ll want to take a scenic drive along the Illinois River Road. Along this lovely byway, you can explore the Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, Starved Rock State Park, and Matthiessen State Park. Witness local flora and fauna and hike, bike, or camp in these spectacular areas.
Historic National Road
Now US-40, this road was established in the 1800s by pioneers blazing the great frontier. The road meanders through fields and farms, giving you glimpse into the region’s history. Take a stop in Vandalia to see the beautiful 1836 Vandalia Statehouse.
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