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This March, three travel writers from the United Kingdom hopped across the pond and landed in Illinois. They spent an entire week in the Land of Lincoln and had a blast exploring Chicago, Utica, Galena and Rockford. Check out a few photos these international writers took of their Illinois adventures below!



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U.K. blogger Adam Groffman of “Travels of Adam” loved the view from The Ledge at Skydeck Chicago! (Instagram photo: (at) travelsofadam)

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International visitors ate a phenomenal dinner aboard the Odyssey Cruise in Chicago. (Instagram photo: (at) travelsofadam)

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Writer Kira Agass loved the classic American diner breakfast at Lou Mitchell’s in Chicago. (Photo: (at) KiraAgass via Twitter)


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Blogger Sophie Warner of “Story of a Girl Who Lives Above Her Means” loved discovering the canyons and waterfalls at Starved Rock State Park in Utica. (Instagram photo: (at) storyofagirl89)


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The Farmer’s Guest House was home for the group during their stay in Galena. (Instagram photo: (at) travelsofadam)

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These U.K. bloggers were impressed by Galena’s natural beauty at Horseshoe Mound. (Instagram photo: (at) travelsofadam)

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Adam was blown away by the view of the Mississippi River from Goldmoor Inn. (Instagram photo: (at) travelsofadam)

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Sophie snapped this picture of the shops in historic downtown Galena. (Instagram photo: (at) storyofagirl89)


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These international journalists went back to grade school at Midway Village Museum in Rockford. (Instagram photo: (at) storyofagirl89)

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Sophie enjoyed touring Rockford’s Coronado Theatre. (Instagram photo: (at) storyofagirl89)

For more unique Illinois destinations, events and attractions check out

— The Illinois Office of Tourism

Sweetest Day Rockford


Did you know Sweetest Day is on October 18? The holiday is a great excuse to take that romantic weekend trip you’ve both been dreaming about. To make planning easy, we have some easy ideas for a romantic visit to Rockford, located on the banks of the Rock River in Northwest Illinois. As the third largest city in Illinois, there is no shortage of things for couples to do.


Take your sweetheart apple picking at Curran’s Orchard

Curran’s Orchard

Spend an afternoon together enjoying the crisp fall weather at Curran’s Orchard. Curran’s offers more than a dozen varieties of pre-picked apples for purchase this season. A scenic hayride paired with award-winning apple cider is a great way to enjoy the sprawling orchard grounds. End your afternoon by sampling other delicious apple treats, like Curran’s homemade apple pies and doughnuts – both are delicious!


Jefferson Street Bridge in Downtown Rockford

Abreo Restaurant, Wine Bar & Patio

Plan a romantic dinner for two at Abreo Restaurant, Wine Bar & Patio, one of Rockford’s premiere restaurant and nightlife spots. The dinner menu offers a selection of seasonal items for fall, many of which are sourced from local farmers. While enjoying exquisite food and the company of your loved one, be sure to take in Abreo’s 1888 vintage architecture and unique atmosphere. Top off the night with a glass of wine on the patio garden or snuggled up in the wine bar.

Copperstone Inn

End your romantic trip at Copperstone Inn by experiencing the luxurious accommodations in this Greek revival style home. This grand majestic limestone home exudes an ambiance of total elegance, comfort, and sophistication. Enjoy 130 acres of pure romance with your loved one at Copperstone Inn.

 What other romantic destinations in Rockford do you recommend? Comment below to share with us!

-The Illinois Office of Tourism

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Charming Galena, Illinois is filled with stellar views, countless historic attractions, antique shops and award-winning wineries, but did you also know its home to amazing food destinations? Plan a trip to taste your way through Galena and sample everything from classic American cafés to hearty steakhouses and – of course – mouthwatering desserts!

Galena is home to incredible views, rich history and delicious cuisine

Breakfast at Otto’s Place Café and Lounge

For breakfast, dine at Otto’s Place Café and Lounge, located just across the river from Galena’s Main Street. The breakfast joint uses local ingredients to create fresh and ever-changing dishes. If you’re in the mood for a hearty start to your day, order the Biscuits and Gravy, made with Arnold’s Farm organic pork sausage. Otto’s Place also doubles as an art gallery featuring the work of local artists, so remember to peruse the art displays after dining.

Work off breakfast by strolling Galena’s Historic Main Street. The famous downtown area is home to the Galena History Museum, U.S. Grant Home and State Historic Site, and loads of shops.

Lunch at Durty Gurt’s Buger Joynt

For lunch, head to Durty Gurt’s Burger Joynt on Main Street. The eclectic and fun lunch spot is a great place to enjoy a homemade burger… with a twist. Take the Hawaii Five-O Burger for example: it’s a half pound patty on a toasted bun with grilled pineapple rings, melted cheddar and mozzarella, jalapeno peppers, lettuce, tomato, onion and southwest ranch. To sweeten the deal, all burgers come with your choice of homemade, seasoned or sweet potato fries.

Indulge in a juicy burger with a twist at Durty Gurt’s

Indulge in a juicy burger with a twist at Durty Gurt’s

Wash down lunch with a treat at American Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor, also on Main Street. The parlor still has its original 1846 cabinetry, which gives patrons an authentic old-fashioned experience. Indulge in one of the shop’s specialty desserts, floats, malts and shakes.

If you need a foodie break before dinner, hike or bike the Galena River Trail. Seven different routes make up the trail’s network, which follows the pristine Galena River. Take a break at the Davis Creek Bridge to take in the area’s beautiful scenery.

Dinner at Log Cabin Steakhouse

Cap off your foodie getaway in Galena with dinner at Log Cabin Steakhouse. This favorite destination for locals and tourists alike opened its doors in 1937. Since then, it has received national recognition as the place for mouthwatering beef and seafood dishes, and Log Cabin’s Prime Rib of Beef is no exception! The juicy slab of meat is slow cooked for five hours and served with a special Au Jus. Your stomach will thank you for ordering!

Log Cabin Steakhouse is located on Main Street in the heart of Galena

Log Cabin Steakhouse is located on Main Street in the heart of Galena

After wetting your palate in Galena, discover more Culinary Trip Ideas at

-The Illinois Office of Tourism

Dana-Thomas House

Take a one-of-a-kind vacation by touring the sites of Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous architecture in Illinois. Some of Wright’s most interesting work is in the Prairie State, from his hometown of Oak Park to Rockford, Springfield and beyond. The famed architect not only erected his famous structures in Illinois, but he also drew inspiration from the state’s landscape to create his design. This Illinois-inspired architectural style is evident in the Wright homes, studios and public structures that visitors can tour today.

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

Perhaps nowhere is his footprint more evident than in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, which Wright called home. At the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, you can step into the world of Wright himself and see the way his style of design progressed over the years, literally, as he experimented and added onto his own home.

In the studio portion of the property, stand at drafting tables where countless students studied under Wright and admire the unique features that give the building its distinct character.

Unity Temple

Nearby his home and studio, Wright lent his creative mind to design the Unity Temple, widely considered to be one of the most innovative and imaginative structures of the 20th century.

The Temple also holds the distinction of being the last surviving public building from Wright’s prolific Prairie period, and is the oldest Wright structures to be in the hands of its original owners and still used for the same purpose for which it was built.

Dana-Thomas House

The Dana-Thomas House in Springfield is a well-preserved piece of Frank Lloyd Wright’s early prairie style architecture. In the house is a large collection of about 100 pieces of Wright-designed furniture and stunning art glass; a Wright lovers dream!

With 12,000 square feet, 32 rooms, three main levels and 16 varying levels, the Dana-Thomas House will give those who visit lots to explore.

Wright in Rockford

True design lovers won’t want to miss the recently opened Laurent House in Rockford. As the only building ever designed by Wright for a disabled person, it features elements unlike those you’ll see anywhere else.

This single-story Usonian home is both functional and beautiful, built of Chicago Common Brick and Red Tidewater Cypress. It features a solar hemicycle footprint, fishpond, and outdoor connectivity to the natural landscape.

Wright’s buildings and homes spread even further through Illinois. Find all of his listings, when you can visit, and more on

-The Illinois Office of Tourism


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Do you remember your first courageous time sliding down a daring waterslide? You slowly climbed up the stairs to the start of the slide and anxiously awaited the kids in front of you taking the plunge, covertly looking over the edge to make sure their trip was successful. Then, when you finally mustered up the courage to head down the slide, you splashed into the pool and felt a thrill that made you want to go again, and again, and again!

Create thrills with your family by escaping to one of Illinois’ indoor water parks this winter. KeyLime Cove and CoCo Key Water Park are two of Illinois’ indoor water parks open year round. For a complete list of water park destinations, visit

Enjoy waterslides and more at KeyLime Cove

Enjoy waterslides and more at KeyLime Cove

KeyLime Cove in Gurnee is a full-service resort that features the Lost Paradise Water Park. Inspired by a tropical paradise, the water park offers Wild Rides, lazy floats, a play pond and kiddie pool. After a busy day at the water park, parents can unwind at the Paradise Mist Spa while the little ones can get pampered at a special Kids Spa. With a ton of restaurants, neighboring attractions, a giant water park and a spa, KeyLime Cove is a fun and unique option for an exciting family winter weekend getaway.

Splash around at CoCo Key Water Park in Rockford

Splash around at CoCo Key Water Park in Rockford

CoCo Key Water Park in Rockford is one of Illinois’ largest indoor water parks. The 60,000 square foot facility is jam packed with water slides, activity pools, a lazy river, interactive play island, pirate cabana and arcade. Located next to the Best Western Clock Tower Resort, CoCo Key Water Park and the Best Western offer package deals to make a trip convenient and affordable.

–The Illinois Office of Tourism