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The state of Illinois offers endless possibilities just for your entertainment. Whether you are just a passing tourist who enjoys art and culture or a permanent resident in love with the Il history, or you are a child that enjoys the carefree play in the amazing parks, Illinois is the perfect place for you.

Arts and Culture Activities

If you consider yourself to be an art aficionado, there are plenty of activities which suit your taste in Illinois. One thing that you can do is go to Chicago’s Navy Pier. At this, the top tourist attraction in the region, you can go to live shows at the Shakespeare Theater, hop aboard a cruise to take in all the sights or just relax by the pier at a nice local dining establishment.

Another popular tourist attraction is the Abraham Lincoln’s presidential Library and Museum, located in Springfield. Visitors here are offered with a unique opportunity to experience the whole Lincoln story, by seeing the display of original artifacts from Lincoln’s life such as the original copy of the Gettysburg Address and his stovepipe hat. If you enjoy more adrenaline, visit one of the two special effects theaters that feature historical ghosts and real Civil War battlefields.

Historic Sites

Illinois is a state with an enormous historic heritage, so if you are a history enthusiast you have a range of historic sites and memorials to choose from.

The Cahokia  Mounds State historic state in the only site in Illinois under the protection of the United Nations World Heritage Program. This ancient site depicts the life in the only prehistoric Indian city north of Mexico, by meticulously presenting the ancient Indian culture.

No doubt that Abraham Lincoln had been an important part of U.S. history in general, but Illinois has put both time and effort into preserving the memory of the President. The Lincoln Tomb State historic site is the final resting place of the whole Lincoln family, and it has been attracting visitor ever since it was constructed. If you decide to visit this amazing site, make sure you rub the nose of the bronze Lincoln bust at the entrance, because the legend says t brings good luck.

Outdoors Activities

If you are an adventurous person who enjoys the great outdoors, Illinois forests, gardens and parks which will make excellent hiking destinations.

The Garden of the Gods located in the Shawnee National Forest, are remarkable rocks, cliffs and trails that provide breathtaking views unlike anywhere in the U.S. These magnificent rocks such as the Camel Rock, Anvil Rock and the Devil’s Smoke Stack are a dream come true for many hikers and photographers from around the world.

Another option for you to consider is the Anderson Japanese Gardens, which have received the title of best-quality Japanese grounds in the continent. Featuring everything from koi ponds and soft streams to relaxing paths for strolling, this beautiful area has everything you need for a peaceful retreat from the stresses of life.