Travel To Illinois

Travel to Illinois

Illinois, stretching from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River, embraces vast, rich farmlands, the giant city of Chicago, rolling glacial plains and, to the south, the hills and valleys of the Illinois Ozarks. Travel to Illinois for its 6,900 km of scenic shoreline, 1100 historic sites and half a million acres of state parks. Abraham Lincoln, the 16th US president, spent most of his professional and political life in Illinois. Nicknamed the 'Windy City,' Chicago is one of the world's giant trade, industry and transportation centers and the birthplace of the skyscraper.

The State of Illinois is the fifth most populous state in America. Approximately 66% of the population of Illinois resides in the northeastern corner of the state, primarily within the city of Chicago and the surrounding metropolitan areas. Illinois is an important transportation hub; the Port of Chicago connects the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River via the Illinois River. Illinois is often viewed as a microcosm of the United States; an Associated Press analysis of 21 demographic factors found Illinois the “most average state.” The Northeastern border of Illinois is Lake Michigan, to the east is Indiana, to the north Wisconsin, Missouri to the west, and to the south is Kentucky. Trips to Illinois aren't complete until visiting the three major geographical divisions: Northern Illinois, Central Illinois and Southern Illinois. Northern Illinois, dominated by the Chicago metropolitan area, including the city of Chicago, its suburbs, and the adjoining exurban area. Central Illinois is an area of mostly flat prairie. Known as the Heart of Illinois, it is characterized by small towns and mid-sized cities. The third division is Southern Illinois and can be distinguished from the other two by its warmer climate, different mix of crops (including some cotton farming in the past), and more rugged topography.

Trips to Illinois are mostly met with a humid continental climate with hot, humid summers and cold winters. The southernmost part of the state, from about Carbondale southward, borders on a humid subtropical climate, with more moderate winters. Average yearly precipitation for Illinois varies from just over 121 cm at the southern tip to around 90 cm in the northern portion of the state. Normal annual snowfall exceeds 96 cm in the Chicago area, while the southern portion of the state normally receives less than 36 cm. Travel to Illinois today!