An Illinois vacation is a celebration of history, culture, family fun, and the outdoors.
Summer is the perfect time to visit Illinois's countless amusement and water parks. Enjoy the Taste of Chicago—a 10-day food fest with cooking demos and concerts. Or travel from September to October for Fall-O-Ween, a festive season highlighting Illinois Wine Month at the state's more than 60 vineyards, the St. Charles Scarecrow Festival, and the Morton Pumpkin Festival. Children will love Hardy's Reindeer Ranch with its five- to10-acre corn mazes and thousands of Christmas trees.
Illinois is proud to have been Abraham Lincoln's home for 30 years. Among the many Lincoln-related sites are the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, and the New Salem State Historic Site, a reconstruction of the log cabin village where Lincoln spent six years of his early adult life, with picnicking, camping, an outdoor theater and a riverboat trip.
Another US president honored here is Ronald Reagan. The Ronald Reagan Trail connects 11 communities of significance in his life, including exhibits in Tampico, Dixie, and Eureka.
One of the big cities of the US, Chicago is famous for its skyscrapers, museums and historic sites, neighborhood festivals, and excellent restaurants. Its breathtaking lakefront, Lake Michigan, makes Chicago a favorite of tourists for sailing. Sailboats are available for rent through the Sailing Club or the Northwestern University's Club boathouse.
The grand vistas of central and southern Illinois serve as a backdrop for kayaking and rock-climbing, two popular sports. Skydiving is another sport that attracts many visitors. The city of Minier offers a cheap venue for this activity. Skydivers are warned not to land in corn fields—otherwise farmer swill demand to be paid damages. Many areas of Illinois offer scuba diving opportunities, particularly in Lake Michigan, in Lake Egypt, and Kankakee’s abandoned rock quarries. The beautiful cliffs and canyons in Southern Illinois are perfect for rock climbing.