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Places to Visit in Illinois   U.S.A

Started Feb-24 by Gimmie Chocolate Shorty (TOILETHEA1); 114 views.

Beautiful Places to Visit in Illinois

Burden Falls

The Shawnee National Forest is one of America’s most famous natural locations and arguably the most beautiful sight it has to offer visitors is Burden Falls. Located in Pope County, Burden Falls is very small compared to some of the great waterfalls of the United States, but it is still one of the tallest in Illinois. Bird watching and photography are both very popular at the Burden Falls Wilderness, while hunting and fishing are both allowed in the grounds too

Chicago Harbor Lighthouse

The Chicago Harbor Lighthouse is one of the most beautiful sights in Chicago. While it can be spotted from the city’s Navy Pier, a boat tour of the harbor might be the best way to get up close to the lighthouse for a perfect photo opportunity. No access is currently permitted to the lighthouse as it remains a navigational aid to this day. 

Matthiessen State Park

Matthiessen State Park in central LaSalle County is located close to both Oglesby and Utica. The park is famous for its array of unusual and beautiful rock formations and it also combines forest, streams and prairies in a way few other parks in Illinois can. Matthiessen State Park is named after Frederick William Matthiessen, who was a prominent industrialist and philanthropist from LaSalle. An abundance of plant and animal life can be enjoyed in the park, which has a very large white-tail deer population. The park also boasts a number of stunning picnic spots, the best of which is perhaps at Dells Area, which has a children’s playground to keep the kids entertained. As Matthiessen State Park is located close to the Plum Island Eagle Sanctuary, bald eagles can also sometimes be spotted within the grounds of the park.

Holy Name Cathedral?

The only cathedral in Chicago, Holy Name Cathedral is among the largest Roman Catholic dioceses in the United States. Thousands of visitors flock to the cathedral from all over the world every week, with the rich history of the site making it well worth making time to see. Across the street from the cathedral is where North Side Gang member Hymie Weiss was murdered and a major fire damaged the roof and the interior of the church just a few years ago. The Chicago Crime and Mob Tour takes in sites including Holy Name Cathedral, with visitors able to learn all about Chicago’s most notorious criminals on the popular tourist trip.

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