The Valley Fire State Park is world renowned for its recognizable stretches of red sandstone formations. The massive Aztec rocks, concealing thousands of years of history, have become a playground for trekkers and climbers alike, with more than 11 trails to follow. Its only downfall is that it can get super busy, so if you're looking for some personal space, you will need to move away from the main attractions.
Buffalo Bill State Park offers a place for a cool dip for wary travelers and an easy selection of campgrounds for those needing a place to rest. But don’t go out of your way to get here, as this state park is more of a lookout for the nearby Buffalo Bill dam than anything else.
Home to 18 canyons, Starved Rock State Park boasts stunning hiking trails, dramatic waterfalls, and vertical moss-covered stone formed by glacial meltwater. It's unique beauty formed alongside its 8000 years if history makes it one of Illinois’ most prized destinations.
Once a massive part of the expansion of America’s railroads, Joliet Iron Works Historic Site is now preserved land that has a short but well-maintained walking trail, lined with the ruins and history of the factory that once stood by the Des Plaines River.
Whether you enjoy fishing, hiking, bird watching, or just a quiet family picnic, Bonneyville Mill County Park has a little something to offer everybody. It’s particularly beautiful in the fall and spring, when seasonal flowers are in bloom. That said, there’s always something to do, no matter what the time of year.
Niagara Falls State Park, featuring some of the most famous falls in the world, offers so much more than just that. There are so many different ways to experience Niagara Falls, all of which all give you a fresh perspective, as well as extensive walking trails and a tranquil nature atmosphere with astounding views and rich history.
Named for the rocky stream that runs through it, Stony Brook State Park provides visitors with the scenic features that include lush rolling hills, gorgeous waterfalls, a gorge constructed from layered limestone and sandstone, and diverse saturated botanicals.