Illinois (IL)

  • Great River Road

    Great River Road (Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Wisconsin)

    Throughout history, the Mississippi River influenced many lives: the Dakota, Chippewa, and Hopewell cultures; early French voyagers; African-Americans seeking freedom on the Underground Railroad; and many more. Through its charming river towns and metropolitan cities, historic sites and cultural artifacts, today's Great River Road still links resources, people, and history.

  • Historic National Road

    Historic National Road (Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia)

    The Historic National Road was the nation's first federally funded interstate highway. It opened the nation to the west and became a corridor for the movement of goods and people. Today, visitors experience a physical timeline, including classic inns, tollhouses, diners, and motels that trace 200 years of American history.

  • Historic Route 66

    Historic Route 66 (Arizona, Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma)

    The charm, the history, and the atmosphere that make up "The Mother Road" bring travelers from all over the world to experience America the way it should be experienced - down a stretch of highway where "anything goes" is literal.

  • Illinois River Road

    Illinois River Road (Illinois)

    The Illinois River Valley imparts feelings of awe at the power of the river winding its way through a land form carved by glacial melt water. Experience the seasonal colors and rhythms of the forests, wetlands, bluffs, and prairies on your own or follow one of seven different nature activity guides.

  • Lincoln Highway

    Lincoln Highway (Illinois)

    Journey on the Illinois Lincoln Highway, rich with history, heritage, and culture!

  • Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route

    Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route (Illinois)

    Here, the Missouri, Mississippi and Illinois Rivers meet to form a 35,000-acre floodplain. The Mississippi, a working river, is also an environmental treasure. Historic 18th Century river towns, islands, bars, points and bends create beautiful scenery beneath limestone bluffs that are covered by forests extending over nearly 20,000 acres.

  • Ohio River Scenic Byway

    Ohio River Scenic Byway (Illinois, Indiana, Ohio)

    This history-rich byway meanders along the banks of the Ohio River, hugging its shoreline and offering almost continuous views of the river. The history of the Ohio is found both in rural landscapes and quaint river communities, covering periods from Native American habitation through western settlement, affecting transportation patterns and industrialization.

Local Information

Visit Illinois
This is the official website for Illinois travel.

Illinois Scenic Byways Program
Page on Illinois Department of Tourism that features Illinois byways

Illinois Byways
Learn more information about each of the National Scenic Byways in Illinois by following this link.