Come October, it's time to jump in the car and follow such well-traveled roads as Spoon River Valley in central Illinois, the Des Plaines River Trail in central eastern Illinois, or the Ohio River Scenic Byway to the south.
Chicago for fall color? Check out Starved Rock State Park for a wonderful day trip to see fall foliage in all its natural glory, Also be on the lookout for their annual "Fall Colors Weekend" (usually held around mid-October) for a free tour of the park's best stands of spectacular fall foliage.
The Miracle of Fall - Browse this colorful guide to all things fall foliage featuring tons of resources with information on why leaves change color, a directory of fall color reports nationwide, the best scenic drives in the Midwest, fall foliage webcams, photos, and lots more from the University of Illinois Extension.
Starved Rock State Park - Check out the No. 1 Illinois location often topping many Best U.S. Fall Foliage lists for its forests of oaks, cedar and hickories with info on recreational facilities, campgrounds, lodging and picnicking.
Illinois Byways - Here's a great resource for top scenic drives throughout the state with photos, maps, and directions for cruising the Ohio River Scenic Byway, Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route, Illinois River Road and more.