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!

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