Home to American Presidents Lincoln, Grant, Reagan and Obama, Illinois’ history is steeped in national pride, with a heritage depicted in its historical monuments. Holidays to Illinois are best enjoyed as escorted tours, expanding from Chicago or through the state, giving you both confidence and freedom to enjoy everything that it has to offer.
Visit the Great Rivers Country where the mighty Mississippi and the Illinois River wind through picturesque towns and spectacular scenery. Central Illinois is home to many of the Amish communities in the state. Lake Michigan in the northeast is the second largest of the five Great Lakes. Road trip down Route 66 visiting the historic and eclectic sights that dot this classic drive. Visit the Mississippi River Country or the Illinois State House in Springfield.
When to go to Illinois
As Illinois is 400 miles long, the north and south can experience varying climates. Most of Illinois enjoys hot and humid summers and cold winters. The southernmost part of the state, from about Carbondale southward, borders on a humid subtropical climate, with more moderate winters. Annual snowfall exceeds 96cm in the Chicago area, while the southern portion of the state normally receives much less. Illinois averages around 51 days of thunderstorm activity a year and is vulnerable to tornadoes with an average of 35 occurring annually.
Illinois is split up into five distinct tourist regions; Chicago; Springfield and the Land of Lincoln; the southern trails; the Great Rivers. Each offers very distinct attractions. Mother Road Festival in Springfield in September celebrates the classic driving experience on the historic route.
Touring in Illinois
American Sky offers a number of Self-drive tours down the historic Route 66. Self-drive the Great Lakes and Self-drive American Music & Movie Trails begin and end in Chicago and take in all the best of the area and the stunning landscape, giving you freedom over your Illinois holiday.
Planning your holiday in Illinois
Planning a holiday to Illinois in 2016 or 2017? American Sky has the experience to help you plan your perfect holiday. Call our Illinois specialists today and make the most of your next holiday.
The Old State Capitol
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Road trip down the Mother Road on Route 66
The Cloud Gate – Millennium Park
Arlington Park Racecourse
Great Rivers Country
Starved Rock State Park
Grand Victoria Casino