Peak fall colors are about to burst open all over Illinois but you don't know where to go to get outside to enjoy it. Try any one of these 5 stunning spots.

Time To Take in the Beauty of Fall

The vibrant colors of fall will soon cover Illinois and now is the perfect time to be thinking about where you might want to visit.

It should come as no surprise what town kicks off this list.

5 Best Places to See Fall Colors in Illinois

WROK 1440 AM / 96.1 FM logo
Get our free mobile app

Galena, Illinois might just be the perfect destination for any season, but fall and winter do look remarkably better than spring and summer. Galena absolutely is one of the coolest small towns to visit in the U.S.

50+ Reasons Galena is One of the Best Fall Destinations Across America

Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford

Kashif Ibrahim via Google Maps
Kashif Ibrahim via Google Maps


READ MORE: 5 Perfect For Fall Apple Orchards Around Northern IL You Should Visit


Great River Road


There aren't many drives in Illinois, a state known for being so boringly flat, that take your breath away. Except for this one.

This 33-mile Illinois stretch of the 2,000-mile Great River Road was named One of the Most Scenic Drives in the U.S.

We're going to stay on the road for this next one.

SEE MORE: Illinois’ Most Gorgeous Small Town is a Perfect Getaway Any Season

Route 66

It’s not the drive that makes Route 66 amazing, it’s what you see along the way.

Watch this video below and you'll agree.


Garden of The Gods - Shawnee National Forest

Right between the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, in the southern part of Illinois, is the small town of Herod, and they have a great big secret. No other fall color viewing will take your breath away like the Garden of the Gods and not just because the view is beautiful. Your viewpoint here is at a pretty high elevation.

RELATED: Chicago’s Popular Adults-Only Pop-Up Fall Festival Returning in 2023

20 Hidden Gem Spots from Across Illinois You Must Visit

Illinois is home to a plethora of hidden gems waiting to be explored. Parks, historic sites, roadside attractions, boutique hotels, and more. Go discover.