"Land of Lincoln" Illinois
Although Illinois is called the Prairie State, it is home to one of the busiest cosmopolitan areas in the country. This contrast between urban and rural landscapes can be clearly seen when you take a tour of the state in your Chicago bus rental from US Coachways.
Situated firmly in the Midwest, Illinois is surrounded by Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa, and Wisconsin. The Mississippi, Ohio, Illinois, Wabash, and Rend Rivers flow through it. The weather and terrain in Illinois are rather consistent, making it possible to plan and take trips with ease.
No trip to Illinois is complete without a stop in Chicago. You can catch a performance at Millennium Park and then go to the top of the SkyDeck Ledge. As you move about the city, be sure to try some authentic Chicago-style pizza. If possible, try to get some tickets to a Cubs game. Magnificent Mile is a stretch of upscale department stores on Michigan Avenue. Southport Corridor is home to local boutiques and shops. If you like to gamble, check out the Grand Victoria Casino. The Brookfield Zoo houses exotic water and land animals.
You might not expect there to be any beaches in Illinois, but there are beautiful beaches flanking its lakes. People flock to Carlysle Lake to go boating and to visit the marinas. Rend Lake offers fishing and wildlife preserves.
There are 262 state parks in Illinois. Those who want to relax or hike can do so, while those who favor exciting outings will be pleased to learn that many of these parks offer opportunities for kayaking, rock climbing, and bird watching. It is not uncommon to see eagles soaring above the parks. Fly fishing is an incredibly popular hobby in Illinois, and it is easy to find a park that provides space and instruction for this activity. Lots of people like to visit a couple of these parks within one day on a mini tour using a charter bus Chicago.
Fall is the ideal time for visiting Illinois. Nature lovers plan trips around the state during that season. They visit the Morton Arboretum in Lisle to take part in the Fall Colors Festival. The arboretum is home to clusters of hickory, beech and red maple trees that are spread out across 1,700 acres. Your day can be made even better by then taking your bus charter service to the Chicago Botanical Gardens. The gardens host flower shows, group activities, and even a harvest market. After that, you can take your bus rental Chicago to Starved Rock State Park to take in the view.
Illinois – the American Experience
You might want to experience American mythology by riding down Route 66. You can travel past iconic rural farmland and the statue of the Gemini Giant from the comfort of your charter bus Chicago. When it gets too dark to see out the windows, you will have the option of turning on a DVD. Refreshments, air conditioning, and entertainment devices will be available for use at any time.
Visit Knight's Action Park on Route 66 to play miniature golf, swing in the batting cages, play in the arcade, and ride bumper cars. Afterward, walk next door to watch a movie at the Route 66 Twin Drive-In Theater.
There are several other roads that can take you through Illinois. The Great River Road begins in East Dubuque and follows the Mississippi River. This is the road to take if your group wants to stick to one road and make periodic stops to see eagles and flocks of migrating geese. The Ohio River Scenic Route moves alongside the Ohio River as it dips into the Ohio River Valley. You can travel on this road if you want to visit Fort Massac, a historic site that was first built in 1540 by the explorer Hernando de Soto. You can see the limestone formations at Cave-In-Rock State Park and then go rock climbing or horseback riding at Garden of the Gods. Expert rock climbers are especially fond of Garden of the Gods because the unique rock formations provide new challenges.
The Great Rivers Scenic Byway begins at the intersection of the Mississippi, Illinois, and Missouri Rivers. This road will take your charter bus Chicago to Marquette State Park, a location that was visited by Lewis and Clark. You can also drive past ornate Victorian homes, the ruins of a Civil War-era prison, and several nature trails. The Lincoln Highway traces the path of the nation's first transcontinental highway. You can stay on this road to drive by the Arche Fountain, which has been standing since 1916. You can also visit the Paramount Arts Center in Aurora or Ronald Reagan's childhood home in Dixon. This road spans across twelve states, but only the Illinois stretch has been certified as a National Scenic Byway.
A Chicago bus rental from US Coachways is the best way to travel if you are organizing trips for adults and children alike. College organizations and high school seniors often take their annual trips on a charter bus Chicago. We will handle the driving, directions, and planning for you so everyone can enjoy their vacation.