As the story goes, French explorers Jacques
Marquette and Louis Joliet
first came upon the Midwest frontier when they discovered that "Illinois" was an Algonquin Indian word meaning "tribe of superior men."
That there might be something to the tale was only strengthened when the Illinois' most famous son, Abraham Lincoln, eventually
rose from lowly rail splitter to President of the United States. (Coincidence? Illinoisans don't think so.)
popular Illinois tourist attractions associated with Honest Abe are located in and around Lincoln's old homestead in the state capital at Springfield
including a tour of "the real America" along legendary Route 66.
Beyond the obvious bright-lights-big-city attractions of Chicago (left) lies the "Land o' Lincoln"
around Springfield (middle), and the charm of small town America along legendary Route 66 (right).
But your exploration of Illinois doesn't stop there. Two hours from the Windy City lies an outdoor adventureland at Starved Rock State Park offering up zip-line cruising along a canopy of primeval forest, or watching American bald eagles swoop and soar above towering sandstone cliffs.
Hoping to see more of America's Heartland in all its natural glory? Head west to Illinois' Mississippi River Country and a tour of the Illinois portion of the Great River Road. The state's most famous scenic byway is also renowned for Illinois fall foliage tours, pleasant stops at top Illinois wineries, and a step back in time with a stroll down Civil War-era Main Street in Galena,
• There is a fire-breathing dragon in Vandalia, IL known as the Kaskaskia Dragon.
• Springfield, Illinois is "Abe Lincoln Central" and home to more Abraham Lincoln sites than any other place in the United States. They include the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library, the Old State Capitol Building, the Lincoln Home, and the Lincoln Tomb.
• Chicagoans love their sports. The Windy City is home to the Chicago Bears Football Team, Chicago Blackhawks hockey team, the Chicago Bulls basketball team, Chicago Cubs and Chicago Whitesox baseball teams, and the Chicago Fire soccer team.
Enjoy Illinois -
Like it says, with plenty to do and see around the state with hotel & restaurant
guides, major attractions, pictures, maps, trivia and fast facts, feature articles
and event calendar, weekend getaway packages and outdoor fun.
Amtrak Routes - Handy map with Chicago and St. Louis as the major hubs
and featuring all stops in between.