The Perfect Fall Road Trip in Illinois!

The perfect fall road trip in Illinois follows the Great River Road, a famous scenic route that winds along the Mississippi River on the state’s western border. This route is known for its historical points, quaint towns, and breathtaking views of natural landscapes. An ideal fall weekend road trip would begin in historic Quincy and end about 150 miles south in Collinsville. You’ll experience beautiful fall scenery, tasty pastries, historic mansions, historical points of interest, and much more. 

Bailey's Coffee and Fudge, Quincy, IL

Start the road trip at Bailey’s in Quincy to treat yourself with some fresh fudge, truffles, coffee, and other treats. This family-owned business offers over 12 different flavors of fudge including maple nut, mint chocolate swirl, and cappuccino for starters. Don’t forget to pick up a gift basket for memories of your amazing fall road trip. 

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bar!!! #coffeeshop #sweetestcafe #lattes #wraps #salads

A post shared by Baileys Coffee And Fudge (@baileysfudge) on

Fall Creek Scenic Overlook, Payson, IL

The Fall Creek Scenic Overlook is part of Siloam State Park. It’s the perfect spot along this road trip because it overlooks the Mississippi River and is surrounded by lush natural habitat. This overlook was originally a rest area, but now it serves as a beautiful scenic area for nature-lovers. 

Mel’s Illinois RiverDock Restaurant, Hardin, IL

Mel’s Illinois RiverDock Restaurant is the perfect spot to have lunch in Hardin. Located just south of the Joe Page Bridge, this family-owned restaurant offers delicious lunch specials and award-winning desserts. Favorite include the lemon meringue pie, barbeque pulled pork sandwich, and honey mustard chicken. 

Hagen Family Orchard, Brussels, IL

Visiting an orchard adds another special touch to the perfect fall road trip. Hagen Family Orchard has been in business since 1933 and feature top-quality produce at reasonable prices. Locals rave about the fresh peaches, so be sure to pick some for your road trip. This family-owned orchard is also the friendliest around.

Hickory Trail at Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton, IL

The next stop of this perfect fall road trip is a beautiful fall hike on Hickory Trail. Located in Pere Marquette State Park, Hickory Trail is an old service road that connects with five other trails: Hickory North, Ridge, Ravine, Goat Cliff, Oak. Hikers can see native prairie grasses and access Twin Mounds, a scenic overlook restored to its natural state, from Hickory Trail. 

McPike Mansion, Alton, IL

For a spooky twist to this fall road trip, head over to McPike Mansion in Alton for a tour. There’s a lot of history in Alton, making it the prime spot to relax for the evening. The McPike Mansion looks like a mansion from a horror story and it hasn’t been occupied since the 1950s. It has since been restored to its original splendor, but is a paranormal hotspot with many ghost sightings. 

McPike Mansion

A post shared by Joe Day (@ljd0878) on

Fast Eddie's Bon Air, Alton, IL

Fast Eddie’s Bon Air is the perfect spot to relax for dinner and live entertainment on this fall road trip. Originally established in 1921, this local legend has decades of history and offers grilled burgers, shrimp, bratwursts, and other local favorites. They’ve also got a huge alcohol selection and live music nearly every day. 

Beall Mansion Bed and Breakfast Inn, Alton, IL

After a day filled with adventure and excitement, relax in the elegant Beall Mansion Bed and Breakfast Inn. This gorgeous boutique bed and breakfast offers an experience you won’t forget. From feather beds to fireplaces, you’ll never want to leave this awarding-winning inn. 

Lucianna's Pastries, Alton, IL

Although Beall Mansion offers a delicious gourmet breakfast, you’ll still want to stop by Lucianna’s Pastries for a scrumptious treat. They offer everything from breakfast pastries to desserts and drinks. Choose from scones, cookies, tarts, cheesecakes, cannolis, mousse, brownies, and much more. 

Cahokia Mounds, Collinsville, IL

The Cahokia Mounds are the last stop on this perfect fall road trip. This amazing landmark displays the ancient mounds from a civilization dating back over 1,000 years ago. Here you can tour the mounds, museum exhibit galleries, and learn all about the history of the people who occupied the Mississippi floodplains. 

Had to step away and clear my head from everything going on... #Nature #CahokiaMounds #illinois

A post shared by Eric ODonnell (@egomro4) on

This text was created by the author with the assistance of GPT-3, a large-scale language generation model developed by OpenAI. The author reviewed, edited, and revised the draft language to their satisfaction and is fully responsible for the content of this publication.

Share your favorites!
Illinois Search
Best Things To Do Near You
Best Things To Do Near You

Beginners Salsa (Level 1)

6:30 PM
Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL
Learn More

Beginners Salsa (Level 2)

7:30 PM
Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL
Learn More
Show More
Best Places To Go Near You
Best Places To Go Near You
1501 Morrissey Drive, Bloomington, IL
Grady's Family Fun Park consists of 12 Batting Cages, 21 Go Karts, 16 Bumper Boats, 16 Bumper Cars, an 18 hole Deluxe Miniature Golf Course, a Vide... Read More
1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington, IL
Our goal is to raise $130,000.00 to help keep the Mansion open, but we can't do it alone. Your donation/membership in the David Davis Mansion Found... Read More
1304 West Washington Street, Bloomington, IL
Upper Limits offers something for everyone. From our 65' silos, main climbing area of overhanging terrain, outdoor boulder, 110' outdoor wall, and ... Read More
1515 West Chestnut Street, Bloomington, IL
The Bloomington Skatepark is a fantastic combination of skating elements that cater to all different styles of skateboarding. Designed with a conti... Read More
801 North Main Street, Normal, IL
One of the most challenging skate parks in Central Illinois, the Fairview Park Skate Park offers a variety of obstacles and ramps. Featur... Read More
101 East Beaufort Street, Normal, IL
Our Mission : The mission of the Children's Discovery Museum is to inspire the love of learning through the power of play. Our mission is accompl... Read More
2929 East Empire Street, Bloomington, IL
Mission:To educate, entertain, and inspire through collecting, preserving, and displaying aircraft, artifacts, and memorabilia about aviation and s... Read More
101 S. School Street, Normal, IL
The ISU Planetarium offers a variety of programs coordinated with preschool, elementary, middle, and high-school course work. In addition, the Plan... Read More
1110 Douglas Street, Normal, IL
Mission: To provide the citizens of Central Illinois with quality professional theatre utilizing first-rate talent and provide theatre artists a m... Read More
27585 Kentuckiana Road, Mackinaw, IL
Kentuckiana Kampground is the place to be for a great family weekend of fun!Throughout the season, May-October, activities such as bingo, flea mark... Read More
1351 Airport Road, Lincoln, IL
Mission Statement: To establish a collection of hestoric, and classic, aircraft, for Museum display as symbols of our Aviation Heritage.  Educ... Read More
1400 Primm Road, Lincoln, IL
The park is located south of the Administration Center on our Railer Way site. Built in 2007 though the generosity of the community, the park is op... Read More
675 State Route 116, Metamora, IL
Home of the museum complex, the Illinois Mennonite archives, and the historical and genealogical research library of the Illinois Mennonite Histori... Read More
110 W Howard Street, Pontiac, IL
The Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum features thousands of artifacts and memorabilia related to Route 66 - The Mother Road.... Read More
18142 4-H Park Road, Pontiac, IL
About Us:Since 1930, groups of volunteers have hosted an agricultural fair in Livingston County. This year the group, members of the Livingston Cou... Read More
Show More
Select a Illinois town to find
the Best Things-To-Do and Places To Go around you
DuPage County