Before leaving Chicago, make sure you stop and see some of the fabulous attractions this city has to offer. There is literally something for everyone.
The most direct route to drive to St. Louis would be taking I-55, just about 300 miles. Or, one could take the iconic Route 66, which is about 350 miles. Depending on one’s time, the more historic route may be the most fun.
You can connect to I-55 by several main artery highways in Chicago. Google Maps shows very well exactly where you are and where you want to be. I-355, I-294 and I-80 all intersect with I-55; so depending on your starting point would determine what highway to take. Once on I-55 head southwest toward St. Louis.
About one hour from Chicago, just as you are crossing the Illinois River the Midewin National Tall Grass Prairie is on the east side of the highway. The park features long distance trails as well as a nice visitor’s center; a great place to stop and stretch your legs.
The next stop is The International Walldog Mural & Sign Art Museum. This museum features murals and other large wall art. This stop is also on the historic Route 66.
Bloomington, Illinois is coming up. Of note in Bloomington is the Miller Park Zoo and Miniature Golf Course; a lot of family fun at this spot.
The small town of Lincoln is home to Edward Madigan State Park offering fishing, boating, picnicking, hiking and wildlife watching.
Springfield is home to several attractions: Washington Park Botanical Garden, Henson Robinson Zoo, and Margery Adams Wildlife Sanctuary. Springfield might have just the thing you are looking for, so it is worth a stop and look around.
There are a lot of things to do in and around St. Louis. Taking the fast track, here are some of the top attractions:
· The Gateway Arch: Spectacular views of St. Louis from the top of the arch The St. Louis Zoo: animal exhibits and petting zoo
· Busch Stadium: home of the Cardinals
· The Magic House: children’s museum
· Grant’s Farm: historic estate with fun adventures to offer
If you are looking for a scrumptious place to eat, you will find one in St. Louis. With over 4,000 restaurants, there must be something to satisfy all the discerning palates. From Mexican and Swedish; Chinese and Thai, there must be something that will please you.
From the extravagance of a luxury hotel to modest means of an economy hotel, St. Louis has it all. Stay downtown near some of the hottest attractions or move out to the suburbs for a more laid back experience.
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