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Resources to plan a family trip to and around Illinois.
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The Illinois Adventure Family Trip:  

This assignment challenges the children to discover 3 locations for their family member to visit in Illinois.  The student will decide what their assigned family member would most love to see or do in Illinois, based on the interests of that particular family member.  After each student has researched and decided on three possible spots their family member would enjoy, the group members come together for a "family meeting."  At this "meeting," each family member decides on ONE place that will satisy the interests of their family member, and together as a group, they plan out the family trip, deciding in which order and  on what route the family will "travel" to each of the family's requested places of interest.  The FINAL step will be to actually trace the family's vacation route on a map of Illinois.

Let the planning and traveling begin!

Internet Travel Information

  • Enjoy Illinois
    The official web site of the Illinois Office of Tourism
  • Great Rivers Country
    Things to do in the Great Rivers Country Region from the Illinois Office of Tourism
  • Chicago and Beyond
    Things to do in the Chicago and Beyond Region from the Illinois Office of Tourism
  • Land of Lincoln
    Things to do in the Land of Lincoln Region from the Illinois Office of Tourism.
  • Trails to Adventure
    Things to do in the Trails to Adventure Region from the Illinois Office of Tourism.
  • Illinois Tourism
    A web site advertising Illinois attractions, tabs along the top allow you to choose a geographical region of Illinois.
  • Southernmost Illinois
    Tourism guide to the southern region of the state from the Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau.
  • Looking for Lincoln
    Web site with information for travel to central Illinois visiting locations where Abraham Lincoln traveled and lived.
  • Illinois parks and nature
    Illinois state parks, natural areas, conservation areas, recreation areas, and fish and wildlife areas from the Department of Natural Resources
  • Illinois Vacations
    Illinois vacations suggested by Trip Advisor.
  • Tour Illinois
    A website with tours in Illinois for large groups.
  • Roadside America
    Offbeat landmarks and oddities in Illinois.

Miscellaneous Resources

Assorted travel pamphlets and brochures have been collected by the teachers and are available for your use.

The school's iPod touches have Enjoy Illinois the offical travel app of the Illinois Office of Tourism.


Books Available in the MRC

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Kids Love Illinois - George A. Zavatsky; Michele A. Zavatsky
Call Number: 917.73 Zav
ISBN: 097744340X
Publication Date: 2006-03-01
KIDS LOVE ILLINOIS lists and reviews hundreds of kid-tested attractions throughout the state. Besides all of the details (where, when, how much?), the book is best known for its easy-to-read reviews of what is most engaging about each site or event. You won't find this information together in any other resource. Great ideas for inexpensive, easy day trips or mini-vacations.

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Weird Illinois - Troy Taylor; Mark Moran (Editor); Mark Sceurman (Editor)
Call Number: 917.73 Tay
ISBN: 1402788258
Publication Date: 2012-05-01
If it's weird and it's in Illinois, it's inWeird Illinois. With notepad and camera in hand, Troy Taylor, a Prairie State sleuth in pursuit of the eccentric and the uncanny, has followed the trail down main roads, back roads, and all roads in between. Whether it's a man-eating Piasa Bird, an abandoned insane asylum, or the haunted tomb of a certain famous Abe, Troy has chronicled the story and presents it here for you in this new paperback edition of the popular guide. .

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Uniquely Illinois - Andrew Santella
Call Number: 917.73 San
ISBN: 1403400121
Publication Date: 2002-07-01

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Illinois - Ann Heinrichs; Matt Kania (Illustrator)
Call Number: 917.73 Hei
ISBN: 1592962858
Publication Date: 2005-01-01
Welcome to Illinois! Prairies, hills, and valleys A trip through time Government by the people Illinoisans at work Getting to know Illinoisans Let's explore Illinois!

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Illinois - Lyndee Jobe Henderson; Bob Puhala
Call Number: 917.73 Hen
ISBN: 9780762750252
Publication Date: 2010-09-01

Completely new tenth edition!Illinois Off the Beaten Pathfeatures the things travelers and locals want to see and experience––if only they knew about them. From the best in local dining to quirky cultural tidbits to hidden attractions, unique finds, and unusual locales, Illinois Off the Beaten Pathtakes the reader down the road less traveled and reveals a side of Illinois that other guidebooks just don't offer.


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Illinois - Christine des Garennes
Call Number: 917.73 Des
ISBN: 9781598800937
Publication Date: 2009-03-03
Travel writer Christine des Garennes has lived in her adopted home of Illinois for over a decade, and in Moon Illinois she shares her insider knowledge on the best ways to explore the heart of America. Beyond Chicago and the tourist-friendly Wrigley Field and Lincoln Park Zoo, des Garennes takes travelers into agricultural country, where local farmer's markets reign in the central region of Illinois known as the Grand Prairie. She also provides unique trip strategies for a variety of travelers, including Day-Tripping Around Chicago and Outdoor Adventure in Southern Illinois. From touring the Frank Lloyd Wright homes of Oak Park to hiking along the Little Grand Canyon Scenic Trail, Moon Illinois gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

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Midwest Gem Fossil and Mineral Trails - Great Lakes States - June C. Zeitner
Call Number: 553.8 Zei
ISBN: 1889786063
Publication Date: 2003-01-01
Describes where and what to collect in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. Learn how to hunt on your own, what collectibles can be found and how to preserve your specimens.


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