Route 66 Museum

PONTIAC – Home to the Route 66 Hall of Fame as well as several small museums, including one that pays tribute to the outdoor murals that grace the town and #Route66 in general. Behind their building is a whole area filled with #murals. Here you can also see artist Bob Waldmire’s famous “land yacht” bus conversion (seen on the right side of this picture). #Tinyhouse bus conversions may be hot, but they’re not new, and Waldmire’s former schoolboys bus is downright epic.

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods and Rim Rock Recreational Area; jewels in the crown of the beautiful Shawnee National Forest of Southern Illinois.

KARBERS RIDGE – Explore the dramatic rock formations, cliffs and trails of the most visited site in the Shawnee National Forest. Millions of years in the making, the Garden of the Gods provides spectacular views unlike anywhere in the Midwest. See Camel Rock, Anvil Rock, Devil’s Smoke Stack and other magnificent rock formations in this hiker’s and photographer’s wonderland. >MORE

Luthy Botanical Gardens

PEORIA – Home to beautiful themed gardens, educational programming and local events. Surround yourself with spectacular displays of spring blooming bulbs or the blazing color of autumn, the Garden offers a tranquil setting to enjoy the beauty of each passing season. Established in 1951, Luthy Botanical Garden encompasses five acres and offers over a dozen theme gardens, a Conservatory, a garden gift shop educational programming, numerous events, a rotating sculpture exhibit and magnificent floral displays. An Herb Garden, a Woodland Garden, a Rose Garden and a Hosta Glade are just a few of the theme gardens you can find in the botanic garden. And the Garden Gift Shop offers a variety of gardening books, accessories and tools, garden-related gifts, unique jewelry and collectibles. Our Conservatory floral shows include a Spring Show, Orchid Show, Chrysanthemum Show and Poinsettia Show. >MORE