The 7 Best Sightseeing Tours in Illinois!

In a state so rich with culture and history, Illinois makes for some wonderful sightseeing. With its diverse landscape, from the skyscrapers of Chicago to the beautiful rock formations of Southern Illinois, the opportunities for fascinating tours are endless. Here are the 7 best sightseeing tours in Illinois. 

Architecture River Tour with Shoreline Sightseeing, Chicago, IL

Awarded the most popular tour in the country by TripAdvisor, the Architecture River Tour with Shoreline Sightseeing should be on your to-do list when visiting Chicago. This relaxing and enlightening boat tour provides insight on Chicago’s rich architectural history while offering outstanding views of the city’s skyline. This tour is ideal for people who are fascinated by Chicago’s iconic buildings. 

Long Hollow Canopy Tours, Galena, IL

For the most spectacular views of the forest, check out Long Hollow Canopy Tours. Located within the serene Tapley Woods, this incredible attraction allows visitors to glide through the trees from 75-feet up in the air. Experience six difference zip lines and even cross a 140-foot bridge. This sightseeing tour is one you’ll never forget. 

Steve's Segway Tours, Chicago, IL

If you love having fun and want a unique tourism experience, look no further than Steve’s Segway Tours. Open year-round, this award-winning company offers several tours of the downtown Chicago area including architectural, fireworks, hauntings, and more from self-balancing human transporters known as Segways. Get close-up glimpses of Chicago’s magnificent buildings, ride along the Riverwalk, and even design your own tour if you wish. 

Bart Lane’s Shawnee Guided Hiking Tours, Eddyville, IL

Experience the wonders of the Shawnee National Forest with Bart Lane’s Shawnee Guided Hiking Tour. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or have only dreamt of hiking along the wooded creeks, Bart and his wife are dedicated to sharing their enthusiasm for the forest with everyone. They act as your personal guides through the forest, allowing you to experience the beautiful rock formations without fear of getting lost. 

Bobby’s Bike Hike, Chicago, IL

A bike tour is a fantastic way to experience Chicago because it’s faster than walking, yet not so fast that you miss out on all the sights, smells, and noises of the city. Bike through the city’s hotspots like Millennium Park and Buckingham Fountain, taste the popular Chicago foods, or through old Chicago gangster territory. With Chicago being such a bike-friendly city and offering many bike trails, Bobby’s Bike Hike is a great choice for any sightseeing tour. 

Galena Trolley Tour, Galena, IL

Galena is a quaint town nestled within the hills and valleys of northwestern Illinois. The Galena Trolley Tour has been providing beautiful views of this historic town since 1988. These tours offer both historical and architectural narration, great photo opportunities, and evening entertainment at the Depot Theater. The tours are year-round and kids always ride free. 

Chain O'Lakes Boat Rentals - Pontoon Boat Rentals, Antioch, IL

Experience the Chain of Lakes area from a beautiful pontoon boat with an experienced captain at the helm. This sightseeing tour is a memorable activity for both kids and adults, plus it’s affordable. The captain is very knowledgeable and professional, helping make the experience very safe and enjoyable. 

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