IllinoisTimes - Travel http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-108-1-travel.html Fri, 22 Jun 18 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Bringing the world into the classroom http://illinoistimes.com/article-19997-bringing-the-world-into-the-classroom.html Bringing the world into the classroom
Mention the Galapagos Islands and many think of tortoises or Charles Darwin. Layne Zimmers discovered there is so much more to this area of the world when she was selected as a Lindblad Expeditions an...]]>
C-U offers lots to see and do - For the bicentennial, explore Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-19934-c-u-offers-lots-to-see-and-do.html C-U offers lots to see and do - For the bicentennial, explore Illinois
 Driving east on I-72 on a crisp fall Saturday, you may encounter carloads of orange-clad Illini fans, heading to Champaign-Urbana to tailgate outside Memorial Stadium or cheer the football team...]]>
Pontiac is museum central in central Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-19785-pontiac-is-museum-central-in-central-illinois.html Pontiac is museum central in central Illinois
David Estes should ask Ancestry.com to check his DNA for a museum-founding gene.His mother, Betty, late tourism director for Pontiac, Illinois, founded the town’s popular Route 66 museum in 2004. No...]]>
For President’s Day, visit Lincoln and Washington http://illinoistimes.com/article-19657-for-president%25E2%2580%2599s-day-visit-lincoln-and-washington.html For President’s Day, visit Lincoln and Washington
 Illinois claims four U.S. presidents so President’s Day should put us in the mood to commemorate. We can head a bit north and take in Lincoln and Washington, two central Illinois cities boasti...]]>
Exploring early Illinois with Pierre and Popeye - To observe the state’s bicentennial, travel Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-19584-exploring-early-illinois-with-pierre-and-popeye.html Exploring early Illinois with Pierre and Popeye - To observe the state’s bicentennial, travel Illinois
 Editor’s note: This article marks the first in a series of monthly travel columns focusing on Illinois in honor of the state’s bicentennial year in 2018.It’s a good thing early state leade...]]>
A chance to step back in time - A visit to St. Louis’ Sappington House Museum http://illinoistimes.com/article-17442-a-chance-to-step-back-in-time.html A chance to step back in time - A visit to St. Louis’ Sappington House Museum
 My friend and I seized on a chance to go to the beautiful Thomas Sappington House in St. Louis for a meal and tour. The Barn restaurant outside of the house is a combination gift shop and tea ro...]]>
Travel through history on the National Road in Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-17255-travel-through-history-on-the-national-road-in-illinois.html Travel through history on the National Road in Illinois
 “Road trip!” can evoke images of fun and freedom for family and friends. This summer, toss in a little history and take off with a “National Road Trip!”Driving Illinois’ 164-mile stret...]]>
Springfield, the staycation destination - Tourism agency urges residents to explore their hometown http://illinoistimes.com/article-17158-springfield-the-staycation-destination.html Springfield, the staycation destination - Tourism agency urges residents to explore their hometown
 May 1-7 is National Travel and Tourism Week, and Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Gina Gemberling wants Springfield-area residents to join in the fun right here at h...]]>
Celebrating Shakespeare - All of Chicago is a stage this year http://illinoistimes.com/article-17093-celebrating-shakespeare.html Celebrating Shakespeare - All of Chicago is a stage this year
 William Shakespeare comes alive this year in Chicago, as the city celebrates the poet and playwright’s legacy, marking the four centuries since his death in 1616 with a fabulous international...]]>
A quick trip down Memory Lane - Visit Mason City for a movie, comedy and a down-home meal http://illinoistimes.com/article-16903-a-quick-trip-down-memory-lane.html A quick trip down Memory Lane - Visit Mason City for a movie, comedy and a down-home meal
 When I was in seventh grade, my friends and I got our parents to drop us at the local small-town movie theater on Saturday nights. We would buy tickets at an enclosed booth, shell out a quarter...]]>
Visit Clear Lake, Iowa, where ‘the music died’ http://illinoistimes.com/article-16784-visit-clear-lake-iowa-where-%25E2%2580%2598the-music-died%25E2%2580%2599.html Visit Clear Lake, Iowa, where ‘the music died’
 Readers of a certain (ahem) age know the tragic saga of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper, who perished in a plane crash in the midst of their 1959 Winter Dance Party tour. Movies a...]]>
Groundhog Days in Woodstock - Festival provides fun over and over and over. . . http://illinoistimes.com/article-16663-groundhog-days-in-woodstock.html Groundhog Days in Woodstock - Festival provides fun over and over and over. . .
 “It’s always Feb. 2nd and there’s nothing I can do about it,” complains Phil Connors, the character Bill Murray plays in the 1993 comedy Groundhog Day. Trapped in a time warp, Connors de...]]>
Bishop Hill for Swedish holidays http://illinoistimes.com/article-16415-bishop-hill-for-swedish-holidays.html Bishop Hill for Swedish holidays
 When Swedish seekers of religious freedom spent their first winter huddled in shelters dug into a ravine in what is now Bishop Hill, few probably guessed that, 169 years later, their settlement...]]>
New Glarus, America’s Little Switzerland http://illinoistimes.com/article-16257-new-glarus-america%25E2%2580%2599s-little-switzerland.html New Glarus, America’s Little Switzerland
 Do you ever daydream of hiking or biking through Europe but have just a weekend to spare? Then plan a trip to New Glarus, Wisconsin, known as “America’s Little Switzerland,” where you can...]]>
A touch of Germany in Hermann, Missouri http://illinoistimes.com/article-15851-a-touch-of-germany-in-hermann-missouri.html A touch of Germany in Hermann, Missouri
 The bachelorette party was in full swing as the would-be bride and her attendants made the rounds of the wineries in Hermann, Missouri. Several groups of women poked their heads into antique sho...]]>
Visit Oak Park, home of Wright and Hemingway http://illinoistimes.com/article-15778-visit-oak-park-home-of-wright-and-hemingway.html Visit Oak Park, home of Wright and Hemingway
 Oak Park attracts thousands of visitors every year to view the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed houses in the world and to tour the birthplace of writer Ernest Hemingway. A summ...]]>
Follow George Rogers Clark and Red Skelton to Vincennes http://illinoistimes.com/article-15508-follow-george-rogers-clark-and-red-skelton-to-vincennes.html Follow George Rogers Clark and Red Skelton to Vincennes
 Red Skelton and George Rogers Clark are far apart on the spectrum of American history, but the paths of the comedy icon and the Revolutionary War hero meet in Vincennes, Indiana. You should beat...]]>
Explore Rockford’s family-friendly museums http://illinoistimes.com/article-15353-explore-rockford%25E2%2580%2599s-family-friendly-museums.html Explore Rockford’s family-friendly museums
 As soon as they arrived, our grandsons Ryan and Evan headed straight to the Simple Machines, a colorful interactive exhibit of pulleys, inclined planes, levers, balls, screws, wheels and axles. ...]]>
Head to the Quad Cities to quadruple your fun http://illinoistimes.com/article-15199-head-to-the-quad-cities-to-quadruple-your-fun.html Head to the Quad Cities to quadruple your fun
 Trivia question: Where can you find links to General Custer, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, John Deere and the American Pickers all in one Midwestern metropolis?Stumped? Try the Quad Cities, ...]]>
Explore historic Hyde Park - A feast of art and architecture awaits you up north http://illinoistimes.com/article-15081-explore-historic-hyde-park.html Explore historic Hyde Park - A feast of art and architecture awaits you up north
 Most visitors to Chicago’s Hyde Park begin and end their visit at the Museum of Science and Industry, the popular museum on South Lake Shore Drive that enchants children and adults. But the hi...]]>
Meet in St. Louis for a winter museum break http://illinoistimes.com/article-14914-meet-in-st-louis-for-a-winter-museum-break.html Meet in St. Louis for a winter museum break
Not everyone can hop on a plane to see the world, but you can travel the globe and beyond at a fraction of the cost and time with a visit to the big three indoor museums in St. Louis’ Forest Park.Yo...]]>
Chicago all aglow for the holidays http://illinoistimes.com/article-14811-chicago-all-aglow-for-the-holidays.html Chicago all aglow for the holidays
 When Santa comes to town, Chicago takes on a special glow. Sparkling trees, dazzling lights and festive song and dance performances at area celebrations create holiday magic for visitors of all...]]>
Follow the eagles to Starved Rock http://illinoistimes.com/article-14718-follow-the-eagles-to-starved-rock.html Follow the eagles to Starved Rock
 If you are eager to eye an eagle this winter, head to Starved Rock State Park near Utica. Like swallows returning to Capistrano, bald eagles wing their way to the park every year, seeking fish f...]]>
Architectural treasures of Columbus, Indiana http://illinoistimes.com/article-14543-architectural-treasures-of-columbus-indiana.html Architectural treasures of Columbus, Indiana
 More than 40,000 people make a pilgrimage to Columbus, Indiana, every year to see some of the finest modern architecture in the nation. A visit to this architectural gem of a city is like a trea...]]>
Cool off in Mammoth Cave, the world’s longest http://illinoistimes.com/article-14279-cool-off-in-mammoth-cave-the-world%25E2%2580%2599s-longest.html Cool off in Mammoth Cave, the world’s longest
Jerry Brandsford knows a thing or two about Mammoth Cave National Park. You could even say his affinity for the massive cavern in central Kentucky runs deep.Brandsford is the fifth generation of his f...]]>
Summer weekend Milwaukee-style http://illinoistimes.com/article-14184-summer-weekend-milwaukee-style.html Summer weekend Milwaukee-style
 For a summer getaway that combines art, culture and music, along with sunshine and cool lake breezes, head north to Milwaukee. On the shores of Lake Michigan, 280 miles from Springfield, this ci...]]>
Travel to simpler times - For quilts, family-style food and Amish heritage, visit Shipshewana, Indiana http://illinoistimes.com/article-14057-travel-to-simpler-times.html Travel to simpler times - For quilts, family-style food and Amish heritage, visit Shipshewana, Indiana
 The horse’s hooves clip-clop along the pavement, pulling the black buggy in the early morning mist. The aroma of cinnamon rolls and berry pie wafts from the bakery, tempting all who pass by. H...]]>
Discover Bentonville, Ark., where art is the number one attraction http://illinoistimes.com/article-13984-discover-bentonville-ark-where-art-is-the-number-one-attraction.html Discover Bentonville, Ark., where art is the number one attraction
 If you had the chance to build a world-class art museum, Bentonville, a city of 38,000 in northwest Arkansas, wouldn’t be the first location you’d consider. But when you visit Crystal Bridge...]]>
Visit New Harmony, historic and serene http://illinoistimes.com/article-13788-visit-new-harmony-historic-and-serene.html Visit New Harmony, historic and serene
 New Harmony, Ind., is a special place to stop and smell the roses – or at least the red geraniums. And 2014 is a perfect year to visit this former utopian community as it celebrates its bicent...]]>
Experience Pilsen, Chicago’s lively Latino neighborhood http://illinoistimes.com/article-13638-experience-pilsen-chicago%25E2%2580%2599s-lively-latino-neighborhood.html Experience Pilsen, Chicago’s lively Latino neighborhood
 The authentic Mexican cuisine, colorful outdoor murals, turn-of-the-century architecture and thriving art scene make Pilsen one of Chicago’s most festive neighborhoods. Although it can seem a...]]>