Best Illinois Day Trips

Hikers exploring a forest

As you explore the Morton area, checking out East Peoria restaurants and things to do in Bloomington, you may begin to dream of bigger excursions in the state. That’s where this list of Illinois day trips comes into play. Discover all of the places you can go around Illinois with Mike Murphy Ford!

Aikman Wildlife Adventure

Who knew there are safari and wild animals located just under two hours from Morton? At Aikman Wildlife Adventure in Arcola, IL, guests can enjoy an up close and personal experience with more than 150 animals native to six different continents via a drive-thru adventure, a walk-thru area, and a large petting zoo. Animals include alpacas, zebras, camels, hyenas, kangaroos, lemurs, and more. Aikman Wildlife adventure proves one of the most fun day trips in Illinois for the whole family throughout the summer months.

Cahokia Mounds State Park

Located in southwestern Illinois just over two hours from the Peoria area, Cahokia Mounds State Park is a historic site that stands as the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico. The 2,200-acre site can be explored on foot on your own or with an audio tour, and the museum is free of charge.

Starved Rock State Park

Take the hour and a half drive from East Peoria to Starved Rock State Park to explore 13 miles of trails or head out to fish or boat. Take in the waterfall views as you meander the pathways, or rent out a cabin if you want to make a whole weekend out of your trip!

Illinois Beach State Park

As you consider your options for day trips in Illinois, keep Illinois Beach State Park in mind. The drive is a bit longer, at about three and a half hours each way, but when you arrive, the long car ride will be entirely worth it. Illinois Beach State Park stretches along six and a half miles of Lake Michigan, providing the opportunity for you to relax on the beach or swim in the water. You can also choose to explore the dunes, sprawling marshes, forests, and more. No matter what you decide to do, you’re guaranteed to have a good time!

Get More Local Recommendations From Mike Murphy Ford!

Whether you’re looking for suggestions for more Illinois day trips or simply want some recommendations for our immediate area, Mike Murphy Ford has you covered! Get in touch to connect with our team, or feel free to visit the dealership near Pekin!


More From Mike Murphy Ford

  • 2020 Ford Fusion MPG

    Depending on which powertrain you choose, the 2020 Ford Fusion MPG varies. Whether you decide the gas, hybrid, or the plug-in hybrid engine are best for your Peoria travels, the Ford Fusion fuel economy still pulls ahead of the competition. Explore the Ford Fusion gas mileage options as they vary by powertrain with Mike Murphy Ford. Then,…

  • 2020 Ford Fusion Configurations

    With four trim levels and six configurations, the Ford Fusion offers something for every Peoria driver. You can expect a combined fuel economy rating of 23-27 mpg depending on which of the Ford Fusion configurations you choose. Available all-wheel drive and eight exterior paint options are just the beginning of what the Ford Fusions configurations…

  • 2020 Ford Escape Towing Capacity

    If you’ve compared the 2020 Ford Escape to the Chevy Equinox, you know that the Escape offers significantly more horsepower. One way to utilize all that power is with the Ford Escape towing capacity. Depending on which engine you choose, your 2020 Ford Escape can tow up to 3,500 pounds! That’s more than enough to…

Saved Vehicles


You don't have any saved vehicles!

Look for this link on your favorites:


Once you've saved some vehicles, you can view them here at any time.

Contact Us


Call Now

565 W. Jackson • Morton, IL 61550

Get Directions

Today's Hours:

Open Today! Sales: 8:30am-8pm

Open Today! Service: 7am-6pm

Open Today! Parts: 7:30am-5pm

Mike Murphy Ford 40.615803, -89.462405.