There is nothing quite like a day trip to break you out of your same routine, while still keeping you close to the comforts of home. If you are in Illinois, there are a ton of great day trip opportunities. Many of them are in the state’s largest city, Chicago, but there are also great day trips to be found in less populated locals. The only problem with day trips is handing the driving. A long drive can be exhausting, coordinating big group travel can be irritating, and finding parking can be a challenge. Let Great American Charter Buses handle the travel for you. You can relax on your way to and from your favorite Illinois day-trip destination, while our skilled professional drivers get you safely to your destination, on-time and in-style.
Not sure where to visit? There are tons of great places in Illinois. Iconic Navy Pier, located on Lake Michigan in the heart of Chicago, offers amusements, dining, shopping, and the famous Ferris wheel. Grant Park, also known as Chicago’s Front Yard, is a huge public park in Chicago’s Central Business District and a popular destination for tourists and locals, alike. Whether you are heading there for the harbor, taking in the gardens, or enjoying one of the performances regularly offered there, you are sure to have a great time. Millennium Park is more of a town square than a traditional park, offering a dedicated space for all types of events as well as some intriguing outdoor art installations. The Chicago Botanic Garden is one of the most gorgeous arboretums or botanical gardens in the entire country; in addition to the numerous flower gardens, kids love their butterfly garden and the unique model railroad garden. The Lincoln Park Zoo is another favorite, offering amazing gardens from around the world as well as animal education and exhibits. The Superman Museum, located in Superman’s hometown of Metropolis, Illinois, is a must-visit for comic book fans. Gurnee offers great entertainment for people who love amusement parks. Six Flags offers the thrills and chills of adrenaline-pumping thrill rides and more family-friendly fun, while Great Wolf Lodge offers a year-round waterpark experience in a rustic faux-lodge setting. In addition to animals, the Brookfield Zoo offers interesting rotating exhibits at different times of the year; one of the most popular of these exhibits is their dinosaur exhibit where animatronics bring extinct creatures back to life. Shoppers love the Chicago Outlet Mall, and, take it from us, having a driver that can pick you up at a designated spot can really help out, because this mall is massive and parking can be a challenge. Wrigley Field and Guaranteed Rate Field (formerly U.S. Cellular Field) are not only popular for baseball fans taking in a game, but also for sightseers. Chicago’s Adler Planetarium was the first planetarium in the country and still offers visitors a unique and innovative experience. Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium offers an up-close and personal experience with some of the most majestic aquatic animals. Chicago’s Field Museum is home to Sue, the most intact T-Rex skeleton found to-date, and a favorite destination for fans of The Dresden Files.
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