Illinois as a camping-vacation destination is a lot like, well, Illinoisans. It’s friendly to everyone and full of delightful surprises when you take the time to get to know it better. The Prairie State is so much more than just Chicago (which, admittedly, is an amazing city), Honest Abe (obviously also amazing, and visiting his sites is a must) and flaaaat land (incidentally, amazing for camping, which our achy backs on every other surface can attest to).
With rivers galore and other natural forces carving out landscapes, there’s a sneaky variety of them here. Showcased in landmark-status sites and 70 state parks, these nature preserves, wildlife areas and forests welcome one and all with madcap rock formations, mysterious caves, wetlands and more. Plus, scattered among these natural wonders are intriguing glimpses into small-town America and Native American history. Tent camping in Illinois is simply your adventure in waiting.