Fall is a wonderful time for a fun adventure that will delight all the senses. Cooler temperatures, all the beautiful colors of nature, and let’s not forget the season’s bounty of apples and pumpkins, all make this season a favorite for many. Why not take a drive and bask in the autumn sun? Here’s a few ideas to consider:
Spoon River Scenic Drive, Canton, IL
Made famous by Edgar Lee Master’s Spoon River Anthology, the Spoon River Valley features nearly 100 miles of scenic routes to be explored. Along the way visit arts and crafts fairs, taste local specialties and find a bargain at the flea market. There’s much to discover in the area, which is about 45 minutes west of Peoria. Your choices include conservation areas, a wintering site for bald eagles, the restored Ellisville Opera House and many farms offering an array of delectable goods.
The Great River Road, Fulton, IL
Along the mighty Mississippi River, about 45 minutes northeast of the Quad Cities, the Great River Road meanders for more than 550 miles. This National Scenic Byway will lead you through quaint towns like Collinsville, home to the Cahokia Mounds Historic Site, the beautifully preserved town of Nauvoo, or the artisan-shop filled Galena. Unspoiled landscapes and fantastic views abound along the road’s banks and bluffs. Whether you like shopping and spas, golf or hiking, fine dining or just relaxing, you have many options to uncover before the route ends in Cairo, IL, near the Kentucky and Missouri borders.
Chicago’s North Shore, Sheridan Road from Evanston to Lake Forest, IL
Winding through the picturesque towns that dot the North Shore, Sheridan Road offers a glimpse into the life of Chicago’s most prominent movers and shakers. This path travels from the urban Evanston, filled with the bustle of Northwestern University students, through Kenilworth, one of the nation’s most posh ZIP codes, to the reserved Lake Forest. Leafy suburbs with stately homes, great cuisine from some of the area’s finest restaurants, and fun on fantastic sandy beaches beckon from the shores of Lake Michigan, so you might not make it very far before being tempted to stop.