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10 TRENDS | Summer Day Trips You'll Love

10 TRENDS | Summer Day Trips You'll Love

Here’s What’s Trending–

Embark on a journey of discovery this summer with these top 10 trending day trips in Illinois, offering families a diverse range of outdoor adventures, scenic escapes, and cultural experiences within road trip reach of west suburban Chicago.


#1 | Fontana Beach

FONTANA, WI–Fontana Beach offers sandy shores, crystal-clear waters, and family-friendly amenities perfect for a summer day trip. Enjoy swimming, picnicking, and water sports at this trending spot just 75 miles from Naperville.

10 TRENDS | Summer Day Trips You'll Love

#2 | Starved Rock State Park

UTICA, IL–Discover stunning canyons, waterfalls, and hiking trails at Starved Rock State Park. This natural gem is a popular choice for families seeking outdoor adventures and picturesque landscapes. Pictured left.


10 TRENDS | Summer Day Trips You'll Love

#3 | Galena

GALENA–Explore the historic town of Galena, known for its charming Main Street, historic architecture, and scenic countryside. Take a leisurely stroll, tour historic sites, browse unique shops, and enjoy local dining options in this picturesque destination.

10 TRENDS | Summer Day Trips You'll Love


#4 | Indiana Dunes

PORTERN, IN–Indiana Dunes National Park in Porter, IN: Experience the allure of sandy beaches, dunes, and hiking opportunities at Indiana Dunes National Park. Families can enjoy a day of sun, sand, and exploration along the picturesque shores of Lake Michigan.

10 TRENDS | Summer Day Trips You'll Love

#5 | Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE–Embark on a cultural adventure to Milwaukee, known for its museums, breweries, and scenic lakefront. Families can enjoy attractions like the Milwaukee Art Museum, Discovery World, and the Harley-Davidson Museum for a memorable day trip.


10 TRENDS | Summer Day Trips You'll Love

#6 | Illinois Beach State Park

ZION–Escape to Illinois Beach State Park for a day of swimming, fishing, and birdwatching along Lake Michigan. Families can relax on the sandy shores or explore the park's trails and natural habitats.


10 TRENDS | Summer Day Trips You'll Love

#7 | Lake Geneva

LAKE GENEVA, WI–Visit the charming town of Lake Geneva for a day filled with boat tours, lakeside dining, and boutique shopping. Families can enjoy recreational activities on the water or simply unwind in this picturesque summer destination.

10 TRENDS | Summer Day Trips You'll Love

#8 | Lincoln Park Zoo

CHICAGO–Visit Lincoln Park Zoo, a free-admission zoo in the heart of Chicago, offering families the chance to see a variety of animals up close. Enjoy educational programs, exhibits, and seasonal events in this urban wildlife sanctuary.

10 TRENDS | Summer Day Trips You'll Love

#9 | Castaways & North Avenue Beach

CHICAGO–Plan a day at the beach. Afterwards, dive into the vibrant beach scene at Castaways, a beachside bar and grill located on North Avenue Beach. Enjoy refreshing drinks, delicious bites, and lively vibes with stunning views of Lake Michigan. It's the perfect spot to unwind, socialize, and soak up the summer sun.

10 TRENDS | Summer Day Trips You'll Love

#10 | Anderson Japanese Garden

ROCKFORD–Immerse yourself in serenity at Anderson Japanese Gardens, a peaceful retreat featuring traditional Japanese landscaping, koi ponds, and winding pathways. Families can relax, meditate, and appreciate the beauty of nature in this tranquil setting. Watch for unique events happening this summer including the Japanese Summer Festival July 27 & 28.





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