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Family-Friendly Places to Visit In Illinois

A family vacation is a great opportunity to get away from the stress of work, school, and everyday life; besides, it's one of the greatest ways to bond as a family. Reuniti8ng with your loved ones is always such a great thing, isn't it? Pederson Travel Service in Watertown, South Dakota, certainly thinks so.

As a full-service travel agency, we are more than happy to book vacations for you wherever you want to go. But for this reunion, why not head over to the great state of Illinois? We will pick out the best spots for you to relax and also connect as a family. Your only job is to use them as best as you can and have a great time.


This place is three hours west of Chicago and it is a great spot for a weekend getaway with the family. There are lots of fun things to do from exploring historic sites, visiting mom-and-pop shops, attending festivals such as Great Galena Balloon Race and Midwest Garlic West. You can also hike in this place or visit a ski resort when visiting in the winter.

Starved Rock State Park

This beautiful natural tourist attraction will definitely make your family vacation more fun. There are tons of things to see here like rock formations, waterfalls, canyons, hiking trails and so much more. There are also recreational fun activities to do in these places as a family. Whether you chose to camp in the park here or stay in a lodge, there is a guarantee that it will be a memorable vacation.

Shawnee Natural Forest

This beautiful natural forest is between the Mississippi River and Ohio. For the adventurous family, there is no better way to spend a vacation than hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, and rock climbing. You can also visit the famous Garden of Gods to see cliffs and sandstone rock formations. You can rock climb at Jackson Falls, hike at River to River Trail and Rim Rock National Recreational Trail as well as explore woodlands, lakes, and hills. Experience the outdoor family vacation of a lifetime.


The city of Chicago is a must-see place when visiting Illinois. Chicago offers you great restaurants, cultural performances, awesome museums, comedy shows, and so much more. You can explore the diversity here, go for a jog as a family in the Lakeshore Path, take a walk down Logan square or Pilsen, visit Grand Park, Millenial Park or any other park, take a boat tour and so much more.

Pederson Travel Service in Watertown, South Dakota, is ready and willing to plan your next trip to Illinois. Just give us a call!


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