Road Trip Anyone? Illinois’ Most Underrated Town is Worth The Drive
Illinois gets a bum rap sometimes. Often because it's the home state of the third largest city in America and therefore people believe the smaller towns don't get enough attention. Either through politics or through tourism, Chicago is the squeaky wheel that garners much of the attention of the rest of the country.
Which makes this meme pretty spot on.
Small Towns are Great
Sure, a trip to the Windy City is great. I love seeing a ballgame or concert at Wrigley, or just hanging at some of the bars in Wrigleyville.
But Chicago isn't the only great part of Illinois. In fact, there are plenty of towns you've never heard of that are ripe with history and charm.
The most underrated town in Illinois is just a one-and-a-half-hour drive east of Illinois' capital, Springfield, but it seems like it's worlds away.
The big city buzz is replaced with a dreamy, small-town vibe and the place is a gateway to Amish country. Main Street is stuffed with striking 19th-century buildings.
Drive Thru Wildlife Adventure
In this town, you'll find the only drive-thru zoo in Illinois. You can see over 100 exotic free-roaming animals. That camel is getting friendly with the driver.
This Town is the World Capital of Broom Corn
Have you ever heard of the "broomcorn capital of the world"? Broom corn is a type of sorghum used exclusively for making brooms and whiskbrooms. Back in the day, this town was famous for its brooms made with "broom corn. Now the city is host to the Broom Corn Festival where visitors party every year the weekend after Labor Day.
They come for numerous broom activities, unique arts and crafts, free entertainment, and great food. The festival's parade is Central Illinois' largest and is home to the world famous Lawn Rangers, who twirl and toss their brooms. -arcolaillinois.org.com/WTVP
When you visit be sure to pick up Amish-made crafts at shops in town and make time to stop by the Hippie Memorial. It's a giant shrine to hippy culture. This artwork was created by a free-spirited railroad worker, Bob Moomaw and it's made from found materials. Here are some examples of his work. Are you ready to find out which Illinois town is the most underrated?
Illinois' Most Underrated Town Is...
Want to take a trip to the most underrated town in Illinois? Let's see why Arcola, Illinois is so special.