Awaken your senses as you get outdoors and enjoy Illinois.
Thrill seekers and outdoor enthusiasts flock to Illinois to experience everything the state has to offer. Located in the Midwest region of the USA, there are plenty of opportunities to get outside, breathe the fresh air, enjoy the scenery and do something daring and fun. If you’re looking for the perfect Illinois adventure, be sure to stop by one of these destinations.
Starved Rock State Park
Less than 160 kilometers from Chicago, Starved Rock State Park is filled with cascading waterfalls, steep cliffs, rugged canyons and sandstone buttes. The park gets its name from a Native American legend about a clash between the Ottawa and Illinois tribes where the Illinois fled to the great rock and died of starvation. Go for a hike on one of the trails and experience the impressive scenery. Starting in December, go eagle watching at the top of Starved Rock where you can see thousands of eagles who have migrated here for the winter. Join a drum circle at the Visitor Center, go cross-country skiing from December through March, and bring a meal to enjoy at one of the eight designated picnic spots. When you’re tired, the park also has a lodge with 69 hotel rooms and 21 cabins in the woods so you can spend the night in this luscious paradise.
Hike through the steep sandstone canyons in Starved Rock State Park
Six Flags Great America
Just outside Chicago in Gurnee, enjoy more than 100 rides and attractions at Six Flags Great America. Get your adrenaline pumping as you ride the record-breaking wooden roller coasters Goliath and American Eagle; defy gravity aboard the Batman, Justice League and Superman superhero rides; and make yourself dizzy as you go for a spin on the Revolution. For a less-intense experience, gentle rides the whole family can enjoy include the Condor, Carousel and Rue Le Dodge bumper cars. Sightsee through the park by train when you hop on the Scenic Railway, or check out a great show at one of the entertainment stages. Six Flags: Great America is fun the whole family can enjoy.
The Batman rollercoaster at Six Flags Great America
Go Skydive Chicago for 60 seconds of freefall and five to seven minutes of canopy flight as you parachute out of an airplane. Get your adrenaline going as you jump out of the plane at 3,962 meters with an experienced tandem Instructor and freefall at 193 kph. Open the parachute and glide to earth while taking in amazingly beautiful sights. Feeling the freedom of the fall is an experience unlike any other – you’ll want to do it over and over again. Skydive Chicago is about 113 kilometers southwest of Chicago.