8 Exciting Weekend Getaways You Should Experience!

Starved Rock State ParkThere’s no doubt about it – Edwardsville and the surrounding St. Louis area is a great place to be. There’s so much to enjoy, and it’s a wonderful place to live! Sometimes, though, it’s nice to get away from it all and enjoy a new, exciting place full of brand-new adventures.

Here’s a list of 8 exciting weekend getaways for you to enjoy close to (but just far enough away from) your home!

Chicago – One of the first weekend getaway destinations that many St. Louisans think of is Chicago! Though it’s a bit of a drive away, the time on the road is definitely worth the adventures that await you in the Windy City. Be sure to check out Millennium Park and nearby Michigan Avenue. Navy Pier, which sits right atop Lake Michigan, boasts many fun activities for you to enjoy, including a Ferris wheel! Don’t forget about the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Field Museum, and several other great activities in and around the city!

Springfield, Illinois – If you’re a history buff and need a quick breather from the St. Louis region, Springfield is a great place to visit for the weekend! There are several museums and plenty of history for you to enjoy. Visit downtown to take in the local shops and eateries or walk on the wild side at Lake Springfield!

Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri – Is the city not your scene? Try going west to the Lake of the Ozarks! Just a few hours spent on the road will get you to the beautiful lakes and all of the attractions that come with it. Enjoy relaxing on the huge lake and listening to the birds chirp and the waves lap. Rent a jet ski and take a spin on the lake. You can also choose to take your adventure on land and enjoy mini golf, go-carting, and lots of great dockside restaurants. You can’t really go wrong at the Ozarks!

Starved Rock State Park and Dekalb, Illinois – If you want to be one with nature but not be too far away from civilization, head north to Dekalb, Illinois, about an hour west of Chicago. You can walk around Dekalb and nearby Sycamore and enjoy the college town feel while having all you need at your fingertips. Go south just a little bit on Interstate 39 to get to Starved Rock State Park, a gorgeous gem that features several different waterfalls and beautiful gorges.

Memphis, Tennessee – Want some culture in your getaway? Check out Memphis! You’ll want to take in the sights at Graceland for some Elvis history and other sites like the Memphis Zoo. Don’t forget to sit back and enjoy some barbecue – it’s some of the best in the nation!

Branson, Missouri – Another fun weekend getaway to take in is at Branson, tucked in the southwest corner of Missouri! There are so many great activities to do in Branson including riding the roller coasters at Silver Dollar City, catching some great shows, ziplining, horseback riding, enjoying the lake, and acting like a kid again at the numerous water parks. The choices are nearly endless in Branson.

Galena, Illinois – Up in the northwestern region of Illinois is a town that is an artist’s dream. If you enjoy art or are an artist, be sure to check out the art galleries, antique stores, and boutique shops on Main Street. Get away from the busy streets by golfing, taking a river cruise, or indulging in a kayaking excursion. For the full effect, stay at one of Galena’s great bed and breakfast locations and explore the wineries in the area!

Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana – If you love water parks, and we mean REALLY love water parks and fun rides, then head over to Santa Claus, Indiana and spend your weekend at Holiday World! Take a daring ride on the Mammoth, one of the largest water rides or take in a show. Just don’t forget the sunscreen!

Garden of the Gods and Southern Illinois – Whoever said that Illinois is flat and boring has never seen the beauty of southern Illinois! Visit the southwest portion of the state to take in some great hiking at Giant City State Park, visit the humongous Bald Knob Cross, and learn about some local history. Check out the southeast section of Illinois and take in the rocky glory of Garden of the Gods or go see Cave-In Rock, a place where pirates used to hide out in olden times, right on the Ohio River. Oh, and we definitely recommend renting a cabin for this southern getaway!

Vacations and getaways are always fun, but there’s nothing like coming back to the comforts of your home. If you’re looking for a great home in Edwardsville or the surrounding area, pick up the phone and call the Massey Team at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298. You can also check out our most up-to-date listings at www.dianamasseyhomes.com!

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