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road trip suggestions in and around IL

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road trip suggestions in and around IL

I currently live in the Chicagoland area and am looking to go on a roadtrip within a 7 hour drive of the city and for under $400/person with my significant other for 3-5 days the week of june 22nd. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!

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1. Re: road trip suggestions in and around IL

What type of stuff are you into? Any places you're looking to see? 7 hours from Chicago opens you up to a lot of places.

If you aren't sure where you want to go maybe try a site like www.Roadtrippers.com ? You can sort of discover places along a route and see what interests you. (oh and they have a gas cost estimate)

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2. Re: road trip suggestions in and around IL

That's a bit broad. What do you guys like to do? Would you rather urban, small town or something outdoorsy?

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3. Re: road trip suggestions in and around IL

Hi Britblock

One idea is to drive up to Mackinac Island in Michigan. It's a perfect summertime getaway - charming and old fashioned - and there's stuff to see along the way. Here's a road trip itinerary (skip to day 3) that will take you from Chicago to the island, listing some of the highlights/stopping points along the way as well as what to see and do once you get to the island:


Costs can be kept down by staying in Mackinac City and just visiting the island (on-island lodging tends to be expensive).

Hope this helps!


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Indianapolis, with its vibrant downtown, and the surrounding area can offer quite a bit, plus you won't be spending a ton on gas to get there and back.

There's the:

Eiteljorg Musuem of American Indians and Western Art (quite impressive)

Indianapolis Museum of Art (free)

White River State Park with the Zoo, NCAA Hall of Champions, IMAX theater, and the canal.

USS Indianapolis Memorial

Massachusetts Avenue with its eclectic shops and galleries

Broad Ripple with its many bars and restaurants

Downtown with the Soldiers & Sailors Monument on Monument Circle, the State Capitol, and many other monuments, as well as the Circle Center Mall.

Connor Prairie Living History Farm

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

While in Indy, you could eat at Indy institutions like St. Elmo Steakhouse (a bit of a budget-buster though @ $40 - $70 per person); Slippery Noodle Inn (live blues music every night); the Rathskeller (German in Indy with a small beer garden); or Bazbeaux Pizza ("gourmet" pizza).

Just a little south of Indy, for a more rural experience are towns like Columbus, Nashville (IN), and Bloomington.

Columbus is known for its world-class architecture.

Nashville is near Brown County State Park and is known for its shops and galleries. Nearby is the town of Bean Blossom, home to some of the best Bluegrass music around.

Bloomington is home to Indiana University and its beautiful campus.

Just some thoughts to get you started.












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5. Re: road trip suggestions in and around IL

Mackinac Island is a great suggestion...lots to see...no vehicles allowed. Look for a coupon for one of the companies that will take you there by boat. There were three when we visited a few years ago.

Another suggestion is the Wisconsin Dells and the House on the Rock which is west of Madison.

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Minneapolis and all of its lakes? Art Museum and Sculpture Park, Minnehaha Falls, St Anthony Falls on the Mississippi, shopping, dining, nightlife, theater.

Galena,IL/Dubuque, IA area along the Mississippi or Iowa City and the Amana Colonies. Des Moines has a lot to offer as well including a large art festival that weekend of the 28th. www.catchdesmoines.com

Springfield, IL down to St Louis, MO (Historic Route 66). Check out the Arch, Budweiser Tour, City Museum (not just for kids!) and tons of entertainment, nightlife, food, etc.

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7. Re: road trip suggestions in and around IL

Britblock, welcome to TA and the road trips forum!

Cleveland and northern Ohio are possibilities. Check out TA Cleveland "things to do," such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Possibly Cedar Point and the Lake Erie islands are more to your liking. Read through the Ohio and Cleveland destination forums.


Read through relevant threads in this forum for the last several months.

Good planning!

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8. Re: road trip suggestions in and around IL

I agree that some more info about your like/dislikes would help us make suggestions tailored to you rather than listing generic ideas that might bore you to tears.

Do you like/dislike: nature/outdoors, arts/museums, shopping, restaurants/food, history, large cities/small towns, music, or ??? (and for most of these, what kind?).

Looking forward to making specific suggestions,


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