Off The Beaten Path | Illinois
Illinois is an amazing state, filled with great vacation destinations. Visitors will find nature, history, culture, and much more. From Civil War history to the Leaning Tower of Niles, there is something to interest everyone. Here are a few of the fascinating attractions that visitors to Illinois can enjoy.
Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio, Oak Park
Oak Park has an amazing collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. Visitors to Oak Park can see how the style of Wright's architecture developed over the years, and see his signature style, Prairie Style. Those visitors to Illinois that are interested in great American architecture should be sure to enjoy the guided tour of the home and studio of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Leaning Tower of Niles, Niles
Visitors to Illinois can see a replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. This is a great stop for those visitors who have not visited Pisa, Italy, as it is an opportunity to see a replica of the amazing site. Built in 1934, the Leaning Tower of Niles is about half the size of the original Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Rock Springs Conservation Area, Decatur
This area is a beautiful destination for visitors to Illinois that love nature. Throughout the large area there are many types of terrain, including grassland, forest, wetlands and more. Visitors to the Conservation Area can stop at the visitor center, the museum and a farmhouse. In addition, the Rock Springs Conservation Area has hiking trails and bike trails, making it a great destination for recreating.
The Gateway Geyser, St. Louis
Located in East St. Louis, the Gateway Geyser is a magnificent attraction in Illinois. The geyser shoots water over 600 feet in the air. The fountain also has four additional fountains. Together the fountains make a spectacular St. Louis sight.
Ulysses S. Grant Home, Galena
Visitors to Illinois can experience a bit of Civil War history during a trip to Galena. Here, they will find the home of Ulysses S. Grant. The Union General lived in Galena prior to becoming a General, and he returned to Galena in 1865 after the Civil War was over. Today visitors can take a tour through the house, which is located at 500 Bouthillier Street.
Washington Park Botanical Garden, Springfield
Nature lovers are sure to enjoy spending some time at the Washington Park Botanical Gardens. Here they will find a wide variety of plant species. There are over 1,200 different species of plants at the gardens. In addition, visitors can also enjoy the tropical plants in the domed Conservatory.
The Field Museum, Chicago
This is a great destination in Chicago. Visitors will find a wide array of exhibits with amazing history and culture. The Field Museum has permanent exhibits about nature, animals, fossils, culture, and much more information. The museum also has temporary exhibits that regularly change.