Dreaming of spring already? It may be winter now, but soon the weather will be turning and spring will be on its way. If you’re looking to plan a spring break getaway, check out these three trip ideas in Central Illinois!
For the road tripper:
Roll down the windows and turn up the radio for a cruise on the open road this spring. Illinois Route 66 is the perfect road trip for anyone looking to discover the quirky and nostalgic age of the Mother Road. Start in Chicago and make you way 300 miles across the state stopping for photo ops at these cities in Central Illinois:
- Pontiac is home to all things Route 66, including the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum, the Pontiac-Oakland Auto Museum, and a variety of Route 66 murals decorating the buildings around town.
- Atlanta (Illinois, of course!) is a small town bursting with nostalgia. Stop by for a photo op with the Paul Bunyon Hotdog Statue and a classic American diner meal at the Palms Grill Café. Don’t forget to order a slice of pie before hitting the road!
- The state’s capitol, Springfield, is home to an abundance of presidential history as well as classic Route 66 sites like the Cozy Dog Drive In, home of the corn dog, and a stretch of the original brick road.
For the foodie:
Eat to live or live to eat? If you answered the latter, then plan a spring break trip to visit some of the incredible restaurants the Land of Lincoln has to offer!
- For craft beer lovers, look no further than Blind Pig Brewery in Champaign for local brews, delicious food and a great outdoor patio.
- Firefly Grill in Effingham is known for its fresh American cuisine made from local and seasonal ingredients.
- Seasonal beer, classic pub grub and an outdoor bocce garden make Obed & Isaac’s in Springfield a must-visit spot.
- Stop by Epiphany Farms in Bloomington for a “farm-to-fork” experience you won’t soon forget.
For the outdoor lover:
If you love all things nature, soak in the spring weather with an outdoor adventure at one of the many beautiful parks and gardens in Illinois.
- Explore 1,500 acres of woodlands, formal gardens and more than 100 sculptures at Allerton Park & Retreat Center in Monticello, formerly the private estate of Robert Henry Allerton.
- Luthy Botanical Gardens in Peoria is home to a tropical conservatory as well as several themed gardens, including an herb garden, woodland garden, children’s garden and more.
- Experience a variety of gardens and native plants at the University of Illinois Arboretum in Urbana and welcome spring with a stroll through the Sen Cherry Tree Allee, where cherry tree blossoms form a pink canopy of flowers overhead.
For more spring break trip ideas, visit EnjoyIllinois.com.
-Illinois Office of Tourism