Reveal the charm and mystique of Great Rivers Country.

Observe Bald Eagles along the Great River Road. Enjoy the views on one of our scenic drives. Indulge on local foods, relax at a bed and breakfast, taste Illinois wine, listen to local entertainment, discover hidden treasures at community fairs and festivals, the possibilities are endless.

There are 33 counties which weave their way along the Great River Road. From the Spirit of Peoria to Galena, with the best Main Street in the Midwest, each is as enchanting and unique as the last, with many hidden gems for you to uncover.

The Mississippi and Illinois rivers may have carved the rolling landscape into this western region of Illinois. But it’s the locals who brought the charming touches that have endured here for centuries. Today, you can experience historic nineteenth-century towns, sip wine in vineyards and explore everything from French forts to ancient civilizations.

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From the gigantic Mall of America – the largest shopping and entertainment centre in the US – to the stores on Chicago’s tree-lined Magnificent Mile, from outlet centres with terrific prices to hip shops with unique clothes, the Great Lakes states are a paradise for shoppers.

Trip Ideas

The Great Lakes region offers a great selection of trip ideas. You can preplan your routes, have a a look at our suggested itineraries, or be spontaneous and free and just jump into the car and venture out to – a winery, a sandy beach, a cosy bed and breakfast, a secluded trail – the choice is yours.


Festival time in the Great Lakes states means decision time for visitors – because there are so many to choose from.


Soaring skyscrapers and roaring motorbikes, the US’s largest shopping and entertainment centre and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the home of Abraham Lincoln, America’s most-famous president, and the music of Motown – they’re just some of the great attractions the Great Lakes states have to offer.


Whether you are planning a golf trip to an isolated gem in the wilderness or just want a quality round while traveling on a business trip then the Great Lakes has them all.


Fancy a wander through some terrific scenery in Illinois? Then, head for the Starved Rock State Park in Utica, which overlooks the Illinois River and has rushing waterfalls, towering trees and awe-inspiring canyons. Two million visitors a year explore its scenic trails and enjoy the panoramic views from tall bluffs.