Want to see the fall colors? Illinois Highlights Road Trip Plans to See and Experience the Season Statewide
(WSIL) – With fall now underway, the Illinois Tourism Board has released the Fall Colors 2021 report as a helpful guide to help residents and visitors know the best time to spot fall foliage in all parts of the state.
The Illinois Office of Tourism (IOT) releases the Illinois Fall Colors Report each fall in partnership with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to assist residents plan trips and scenic getaways throughout the state.
Click here to see the full report on fall colors and where to see the colors statewide.
Along with the Fall Color Report, IOT also released new road travel itineraries highlighting incredible fall experiences in Illinois. Each route features unique places to stay, authentic small businesses to explore, places to eat, and unique outdoor adventures among the changing leaves of the state.
The annual Fall Color Report is updated weekly, giving Illinois residents and visitors a real-time snapshot of where to spot fall foliage during peak hours in the following four regions. from Illinois:
- Chicago & Beyond – Second week of October
- Great Rivers Country (western Illinois border) – Second week of October
- Lincoln Land (central Illinois) – Mid-October
- Adventure Trails (Southeast Illinois) – Last Week of October
New Fall Road Trip Itineraries have been created to showcase Illinois’ beautiful sights and unique attractions. Highlights of the route include:
- Frights & Delights in Illinois – Featuring local haunts in the southwestern region of the state like the McPike Mansion and Alton Hauntings Tours, winner of a 2021 Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice Award.
- Rockford awe and charm tour in Galena – highlighting scenic fall sights like the changing leaves of Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, gliding through the season on the Chestnut Mountain Resort alpine slide in Galena and taking a ghost tour in the historic main street of Galena.
- Great Pumpkin Country – Introducing some of central Illinois’ family-friendly agri-tourism destinations like the Great Pumpkin Patch in Arthur, meet friendly reindeer at Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch in Rantoul, and taste homemade fudge at Flesor’s Candy Kitchen in Tuscola .
- Haunted Chicago – Highlighting surprisingly spooky stops, stays, and sights around the city, like the historic water tower, kayaking along the Chicago River, a walk through the Lincoln Park Zoo, and a stay at the Drake hotel.
All fall routes can be found here.