Drive historic Route 66 and enjoy iconic Chicago pizza

Chicago, the Blues Capital of the World, offers stunning architecture, unbeatable shopping and renowned museums and galleries. It is the ideal starting point to explore the wealth of attractions in Illinois that open up and reveal the American way of life.

Greeting you with a dramatic and sweeping skyline Chicago creates a bold first impression that opens up into a city rich with unexpected treasures. The 29 miles of breath-taking shoreline lend themselves to cycling, jogging and walking and all can be viewed from 360 Chicago (formerly the John Hancock Building) and Skydeck Chicago in the Willis Tower.

Chicago is the starting point for the renowned Route 66. Cruise down ‘The Mother Road’ and see the famous sites such as the Pontiac Muriel, on your way to Springfield, the state capital and home to one of America’s most famous presidents with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Outdoor adventures and sweeping vistas are set against the backdrop of the banks of the Mississippi River Country, and then you can find time to reconnect in a place where life slows down in enchanting Galena and Alton.




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From the gigantic Mall of America – the largest shopping and entertainment centre in the US – to the stores on Chicago’s tree-lined Magnificent Mile, from outlet centres with terrific prices to hip shops with unique clothes, the Great Lakes states are a paradise for shoppers.

Trip Ideas

The Great Lakes region offers a great selection of trip ideas. You can preplan your routes, have a a look at our suggested itineraries, or be spontaneous and free and just jump into the car and venture out to – a winery, a sandy beach, a cosy bed and breakfast, a secluded trail – the choice is yours.


Festival time in the Great Lakes states means decision time for visitors – because there are so many to choose from.


Soaring skyscrapers and roaring motorbikes, the US’s largest shopping and entertainment centre and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the home of Abraham Lincoln, America’s most-famous president, and the music of Motown – they’re just some of the great attractions the Great Lakes states have to offer.


Whether you are planning a golf trip to an isolated gem in the wilderness or just want a quality round while traveling on a business trip then the Great Lakes has them all.


Fancy a wander through some terrific scenery in Illinois? Then, head for the Starved Rock State Park in Utica, which overlooks the Illinois River and has rushing waterfalls, towering trees and awe-inspiring canyons. Two million visitors a year explore its scenic trails and enjoy the panoramic views from tall bluffs.