5 Fun Day Trips From Chicago Illinois

Illinois Railway Museum 

At Chicago Northside Toyota, we know that the great state of Illinois is known for many wonderful things. The state's stunning nature, rich history, and delicious wine can make for some remarkable day trips. Located all within just a couple of hours of the Windy City, these are 5 fun day trips from Chicago.

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Starved Rock State Park

As Illinois' top attraction, Starved Rock State Park in Oglesby provides some unbelievable views that will take your breath away. The 13 miles of hiking trails, 18 different canyons, and 14 gorgeous waterfalls will leave you wondering why you've never visited Starved Rock before. Want to kick it up a notch? Go whitewater rafting on the Vermillion River!

Shawnee Hill Wine Trail

In the heart of the Shawnee National Forest is Illinois' award-winning, wine trail. If you're traveling from Lincolnwood, you'll never hit all of the wineries in one day, so you might want to make this one a weekend trip. There are 12 award-winning wineries to choose from on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Owl Creek and Pomona Winery are the most popular, but you're bound to find your own favorites.


Illinois Railway Museum

The Illinois Railway Museum is the largest railroad museum in the U.S. and it's ideal for both history buffs and train fanatics. Located about 55 miles north of Chicago, in Union, the museum features many exhibits, such as a large collection of historic railway equipment. Visit the museum from April to October and you can even ride on some of the trains!

The Historic Town of Galena

The quaint historic town of Galena is renowned for its extremely well-preserved 19th-century homes and buildings. Nearly 85% of Galena's buildings are included in the National Register Historic District. Meandering through the streets of Galena will bring history alive, imagining Ulysses S. Grant and other famous people once walking on the same streets.

Anderson Japanese Garden

If you're looking for an Evanston-area day trip that is a bit more peaceful, the Rockford-basedAnderson Japanese Gardens are ranked as one of the nation's most beautiful and authentic Japanese gardens. %%di_name%% recommends visiting the gardens from early spring to autumn. Make sure you use a map so you don't miss anything. Also, buy some fish food for $1 to feed the koi.

Get Service on Your Car at Chicago Northside Toyota Before Heading Out

Of course, you won't be able to enjoy any of these 5 Illinois day trips if your car is broken down. So, before heading out on a road trip or trying one of these Ramen restaurants in Chicago, bring your car in for service at Chicago Northside Toyota. We'll make sure you have a fun and safe day trip from Chicago. Looking for another fun day trip this season? Check out the Toyota latest news from the 2020 Chicago Auto Show.

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