Chicago To Galena Road Trip: Must See Stops in Illinois USA

Galena is a lovely little town close to the Iowa border. You can find my full guide to Galena here: 10 Fun Things To Do In Galena IL, USA. It’s quite a nice easy drive from Chicago, making it a good option for a day trip from the city. In this post I share several must see places along the route from Chicago to Galena IL!

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Tips, Tricks and the Best Rides at Six Flags Great America near Chicago USA!

Six Flags Great America is located in Gurnee Illinois, around 40 minutes north of Chicago. In 2019 I visited the park twice…well 3 times if you count the day we drove 3 and a half hours from Iowa, just to find out it was closed. So my first tip would be to check the opening hours the morning you plan to visit! (I couldn’t believe it was shut on the Friday of Labor Day weekend in AUGUST…August is peak theme park time in the UK!) I’m a huge fan of theme parks so here are some of my Six Flags Great America tips (near Chicago)!

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9 Best Zoos In The Midwest USA

I think zoos are a great way to educate visitors about the millions of animal species that we share this planet with. Some establishments can be harmful…just look at Tiger King. Please don’t support places like this. It’s best to look for ones that have been accredited by boards like the ‘Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ and support global conservation efforts. These zoos are held to a high standard of regulations, so are a good place to start. I’ve collaborated with other Midwest travel writers, to bring you a list of some of the bests zoos in the Midwest!

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