Chicago has established itself as one of the most famous destinations for those visiting the United States. But even though the city is already a darling for adventurers who love to explore North American lands, there are other destination options in the state of Illinois that may also be perfect for your next vacation.
If you're looking to get to know the city, and want an even more complete trip, the tip is to explore the nearby towns on a road trip. By renting one of the cars available at Happy Tours USA you can improve your stay and spend a few days on the road exploring the less obvious beauties of the region.
To help you organize an exclusive itinerary full of adventures, we have separated the best destinations to know a little more about this dear state of travelers. Shall we go there?
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Located 22km from Chicago, or 38 minutes by car, the city seems to come straight out of romantic Hollywood movies. Full of houses with a classic architecture, Evanston is known for its cultural content, especially with its sporting events, concert halls and great plays.
If you're an art fan, you can't help but check out the city's must-see options, such as the Block Museum Campus Art Walk, an open-air museum at Northwestern University that houses stunning sculptures.
Another typical tour of the region is a visit to the U.S. Historic Landmarks, home to Charles Gates, former U.S. Vice President and 1925 Nobel Peace Prize winner. The space is a glimpse into the eyes, with finishes in marble, oak and wood, and a guided tour through the entire history of the residence.
If the city is your first destination when you land at Chicago's O'Hare Airport, you can rent one of our cars there to start your road trip with convenience and comfort!
Your goal is to get the best prices to take several souvenirs of the trip? Then Aurora is your ideal destination! The city is located 66 km from Chicago and offers one of the best outlet networks in the entire state of Illinois, the Chicago Premium Outlets.
The open-air mall has more than 120 exclusive stores that offer unmissable discounts all year round. Another advantage of choosing the outlet for your travel purchases is that it offers the Mall Office service, a coupon book with exclusive and super low prices for luxury brands such as Armani, Boss and Dolce & Gabbana.
But if you fool those who think of the city just for shopping, since there, the cultural options are even more special for fans of cinema and pop culture. At Paramount Theatre you can watch national and international plays, such as those on Broadway.
At the Hollywood Casino, the most famous attraction in the city, you can visit the world champion belt worn by Sylvester Stallone in the recordings of Rocky 3, and admire the original cars of movies like The Untouchables and The More Idiot the Better.
Just an hour and a half's drive from Chicago, Rockford offers a variety of experiences for those visiting its premises. Nicknamed the "garden city", it offers 4,000 hectares of parks and public spaces for visitors from around the world to relax alongside nature.
One of the city's best-known parks, the Anderson Japanese Gardens, offers in its five hectares fun for the whole family. With waterfalls, lakes, trails, picnic areas and a peculiar architecture, the visitation is indispensable. To enjoy the live music performances, choose Tuesday to meet it.
Golf fans are guaranteed their place in the city, which is known for offering numerous courses for the practice. Sinnissippi and Elliott are two unmissable bets, both for the quality of the space, and for the challenges and the exchange of experience with players from around the world.
For a more radical contact with nature, the kayaking tours, or the experience of practicing wakeboarding along the Rock River and West Rock Wake Park are two indispensable destinations in the city. Children also deserve their touch of adventure in Rockford, and the Magic Waters water park is there to ensure plenty of fun.
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