The 10 best places to visit in Illinois

The 10 best places to visit in Illinois


A popular tourist attraction in the United States, the state of Illinois is one important state in the country. And more importantly, it is on the bucket list of many travelers who visit the United States. So if you’re planning to head here, we’ve got a list of places you must visit while you’re tripping around in Illinois. Read on:

Anderson Japanese Gardens:
A systematically planned garden that is simply beautiful has to feature on your itinerary! It is undoubtedly the best Japanese garden in the United States and is a breathtaking masterpiece you have to witness.

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Burden Falls:
These tiered waterfalls are a famous destination not only in Illinois but in the entire United States. A 3.5-mile hike will bring you to the 20 feet waterfall, which keeps flowing magnificently for another 80 feet!

Shawnee National Forest:
The pride of Illinois, the Shawnee National Forest is one that is spread across acres and has some of the most stunning views which are sure to take your breath away. Perfect for hiking, and other activities too. Don’t miss out on the stunning Garden of Gods rock formation when you’re here.

Chicago Harbour Lighthouse:
Get the sailor-navigator feels as you head towards this stunning work of architecture. You won’t be given entry inside it though; it is still a fully functional lighthouse used for navigation to this day.

Cahokia Mounds:
An 800-year-old landmark, created by the Americans who resided here back then, there are 69 mounds here, all covered in grass – the tallest one being 100 feet!

Tunnel Hill State Trail:
A five-mile trail that passes through a number of tunnels makes this an exciting, unmissable trail when in Illinois. So if adventure is your thing, you need to head to this trail when you’re here!

Tunnel Hill State Trail


Holy Name Cathedral:
The only cathedral in Chicago, this is one place that has still retained its simplicity and sanctity despite being surrounded by high skyscrapers around it. Pay this place a visit for some peace of mind and also to observe the beautiful architecture of this cathedral.

A place which was once the residence of Abraham Lincoln, Springfield isn’t short of options for tourist sites. The Lincoln Home here, which is now a national historic state is a must visit – it was here Lincoln spent 17 years of his life.

Every architecture enthusiast must head here – it is named after a mineral that the Native Americans mined here and 85% of it is deemed to be a national historic district.


Lincoln’s New Salem:
Again, this place has been home to Abraham Lincoln – he resided here for six years, and this place is now a significant historical site in the United States.