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Old 10-15-2010, 05:41 PM  
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Double that for Galena. I took the wifee there on our 3rd anniversary, going back next month for our 12th. Hopefully, the kids will like the horse-drawn hayrides & eagle watch. Their shopping area was a plus for the wife too.
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Old 10-17-2010, 07:44 PM  
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Starved Rock State Park
Very nice place.. I try to go 2/3 times a year. I like downtown Morris.. Nice little downtown & a walk along the I&M...
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Old 10-18-2010, 07:07 PM  
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Garden Of The Gods only been there 2 times, and one of them was for a wedding, but its beautiful
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Old 10-22-2010, 05:32 AM  
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The bluffs along the Illinois river around Pittsfield are scenic.
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Old 10-26-2010, 06:33 PM  
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Rock Cut State Park up near Rockford isn't too bad.
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Old 10-26-2010, 07:24 PM  
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Another vote for Galena

Another vote here from Freeport on Route 20 through Galena is beautiful and scenic, especially in the fall. Head west on the Freeport 20 exit off I-90. I say Freeport 20 because there is a business 20 which will take you through Rockford, not very scenic. A stop off in Galena is a must. Plan on spending some time in Galena, there's lots to see and do in this historic old city. The city is a popular tourist destination known for its history, historical architecture, ski & golf resorts. Galena was the residence of Ulysses S. Grant and several other war generals.
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Old 11-02-2010, 06:48 PM  
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Giant City park in southern IL has some fantastic areas. Picturesque does not cover it in the least. As for the wineries down here, just wow. I like Von Jakob and Pomona wineries a great deal.
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Old 11-19-2010, 10:53 PM  
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If you're into watersports in Southern IL then you have to check out Carlyle Lake. It's a great sailing lake.
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Old 11-21-2010, 06:40 PM  
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Anywhere along the Spoon River.

Cant forget about Historic Lewistown, where Edgar Lee Masters (author of Spoon River Anthology) is from.
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Old 11-30-2010, 07:50 AM  
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+ 1 to Shawnee and Starved Rock
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