Off the Beaten Track

Explore the Outdoors

With magnificent state parks, lush forests, miles of trails for hiking and biking, and mighty rivers, Illinois is your playground.

  • Outdoor Adventures

    Shawnee National Forest

    Shawnee National Forest is a Midwest destination unlike any other. Traverse 403 miles of hiking trails, discover local wineries and craft breweries, and don’t miss the Garden of the Gods.
    Head for the Forest
  • Outdoor Adventures

    Starved Rock State Park

    Discover the secrets of Starved Rock State Park. Explore the park’s waterfalls, canyons and views of the Illinois River from spots like Lover’s Leap and Eagle Cliff Overlook.

    Get off the Beaten Track
  • Outdoor Adventures

    On the Water

    If you love splashing around on the water, you can log mile after magnificent nautical mile on the lakes and rivers of Illinois. Explore our waterways by kayak, canoe, raft, paddle-board or sail boat.
    Set Sail
  • Outdoor Adventures

    Play Like a Pro

    Illinois has a wealth of great public golf courses in scenic spots. Take a golfing vacation and play your way around the state.
    Hit the Greens

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Find unexpected ways to enjoy Illinois in this biannual magazine that explores every corner of the state. Each issue offers a mix of travel stories, stunning photography and timely trip ideas that make the most of each season.

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