Illinois Destinations

Welcome to Illinois — The Land of Lincoln

Illinois is known as the Land of Lincoln, and for good reason—over 30 historic sites throughout the state are attributed to his life and work. Illinois was also known as the place where the sky began as pioneers emerged from the eastern woodlands. Don’t let the flatness of the plains fool you, however. There are plenty of tall hills, wooded trails, and river valleys to keep you occupied. In addition, the big city of Chicago has everything from tall skyscrapers to Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. A great number of state parks and outdoor attractions also make for a great and affordable weekend getaway. Illinois destinations include national and state parks with miles of hiking and biking trails, lush forests, and mighty rivers.

Capital: Springfield
Largest City: Chicago
Area: 57,915 square miles
Major Rivers: Illinois, Kaskaskia, Mississippi
Elevation: 279 ft at the Mississippi River and 1,235 ft at the Charles Mound
Bird: Cardinal
Flower: Native violet
Tree: White oak
Motto: State Sovereignty – National Union
Song: “Illinois”
State Travel Site: Illinois Travel Guide

View listings of Illinois National and State Parks, Lakes, and Points of Interest