Weekend Road Trips from Chicago

As wonderful as Chicago is, especially during the summer, sometimes you just need to get away. Chicago’s location makes it an ideal place to get in the car and go, and we’ve picked some of the best places within a few hours’ drive.

If you’re looking for a couple of days away from the city, here are the best destinations for weekend road trips.

A visit to Wisconsin’s capital will take you less than three hours, and while Madison is known as a college town, it’s got something for everyone. The downtown farmers market, which takes place every Saturday morning, is considered the best in the state. The Olbrich Botanic Gardens are located lakeside and have sixteen acres of flora. If you’re an art fan, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art has over 5,000 works from the past two centuries. Foodies can dive into the culinary scene with Madison Eats, a company that offers a collection of food tours.

The charming town of Galena, Illinois, is located near the Mississippi River on the opposite side of the state. Surrounded by the rolling hills and bluffs of the Driftless Region, it’s an area dotted with wineries and golf courses. A stroll down Main Street feels like a step back in time. Be sure to stop into Galena Canning Company for a taste of salsas and jams, and Galena Brewing Company offers a lineup of tasty beers. Thrill seekers will love a visit to Long Hollow Canopy Tours, a zipline adventure through the woods.

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Across Lake Michigan from Chicago, Harbor Country, Michigan, is a collection of small towns that are a perfect getaway from big city living.The area offers white sandy beaches, quaint shops and B&Bs, and historical resorts. You’ll find what you expect from small resort towns: antiques, farmers markets, art fairs, and festivals, as well as many wineries.

If you really want to unplug, visit Amish Country in Indiana. Explore this region with a bucolic scenic drive along the Heritage Trail, which takes you through seven towns. Begin your visit with a tour at Menno-Hof, and do some shopping from the locals at the Shipshewana Flea Market.

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These are a few of our favorite road trips from Chicago, giving you a quick getaway so you can rest and recharge. Do you have a favorite local getaway? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook.

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