The 13 Most Beautiful Places in Illinois | Illinois Travel Guide 2019
The 13 Most Beautiful Places in Illinois You Never Knew Existed. From Chicago's Buckingham Fountain and Cloud Gate (aka The Bean), Illinois is home to some pretty spectacular sights -- especially for being a cornfield-filled Midwestern state. But there’s plenty of natural and man-made beauty in this state that you probably never even knew existed, including hidden waterfalls, flooded forests, and historic structures. Here’s a look at Illinois’ most beautiful under-the-radar spaces.
Bulge Hole Waterfalls | Shawnee National Forest | Part 1
Bulge Hole has the most waterfalls in the Shawnee National Forest and southern Illinois I think. To find this place, check out this article for detailed directions:
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Giant City State Park - Giant City Nature Trail
Giant City State Park - Giant City Nature Trail Hiking Video Tour of the famous Streets of Giant City. Located south of Carbondale near Makanda in Illinois.
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Falling Springs Waterfall in Dupo, IL, near St. Louis - 40 Foot!
This is a 40-foot waterfall located just about 10-15 minutes from the St. Louis Arch. What a beautiful spot! Unfortunately its status is currently unknown. The land is owned by a rock quarry which is currently digging on either side of this stretch of bluff near Dupo, IL. In the past you could walk up to it and play in the water and pool at the base of the waterfall, but now the land is fenced off with no trespassing signs.
Thunder Bay waterfall-Lake Galena Illinois time lapse
On my latest trip, stopped by the Thunder Bay Road waterfall/spillway. Since they had about 2-3 days of rain and snow, I knew Lake Galena would be spilling it's banks. I was not disappointed except for the excessive spray coming from the falls. The wind was whipping up the mist and carrying it towards me and my position on many occasions. I hope to return this summer and capture it during it's summer or fall bloom.
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Chicago Skyline and Panoramic Views looking over from Lake Michigan with Yachts Skyscrapers Video
Chicago Skyline and Panoramic Views, looking over from Lake Michigan with Yachts and Skyscrapers in sight -- - Chicago. Pop. 2,873,518. State -- Illinois IL. Currency -- US Dollar, Language -- English. Time Zone -- GMT minus 6 hours. Main Airport - O'Hare International Airport. Average Temperatures -- minus 4°C (Jan), 24°C (Jul). Best time to go -- late spring and early fall. Chicago is the third largest city in the United States and the largest city in the State of Illinois IL, although the state capital is Springfield. The city is located on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan, one of the Great Lakes, and is a major center of transportation, industry, politics, culture, finance, medicine and higher education. Chicago developed its economic importance based largely on trade and transportation from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River system and the Southern US States. By the late 19th century Chicago was a main transport hub with -- river steamboats, canals, and railroads carrying manufactured goods, grain and agricultural products, and aggregates to all parts of the USA. In the 20th Century Chicago emerged as a financial giant and is now home to a number of Fortune 500 companies and a Dow 30 company -- Boeing. Chicago is a very dynamic city with some striking buildings and a spectacular skyline by the shores of Lake Michigan. The downtown area contains many visitor attractions and cultural institutions near the Loop and Michigan Avenue. However, many locals seek their entertainment away from these central locations and it is worthwhile using the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) train and bus system to see some of the more outlying neighbourhoods. Chicago has a plethora of attractions for visitors including - Art Institute of Chicago, Brookfield Zoo, Chicago Blues Museum, Garfield Park, Lincoln Park, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sears Tower Skydeck, Shedd Aquarium, University of Chicago, and Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven. For sports fans Chicago is the home of two of the most successful sports teams in the USA - Chicago Bulls (Basketball) and Chicago Bears (Gridiron Football). Interesting Fact -- Chicago is know as the Windy City which refers to the breezes from Lake Michigan and not the inaccurate Chicagoan habit of shameless boasting.
BNSF Mendota sub action w/ AMTK 184 plus Mendota Union Depot Museum Mendota, IL 10/28/17
I decided to take my girlfriend up to Mendota and show her the Union Depot Museum there and hopefully see a couple trains on the BNSF Mendota sub. Right as we got there a IC SD70 was leading a mixed manifest towards Galesburg, we had just missed it. I wasn't to upset because I ended up getting two other freights and the eastbound Amtrak California Zephyr led by Phase IV unit 184. The museum was a lot of fun and had a great model layout showcasing Mendota when three lines came through: the CB&Q (then BN now BNSF), Milwaukee Road, and Illinois Central. There are three cars on display sitting on a spur that was part of the Illinosi Central plus a steam engine and caboose. I will have more descriptive details once I get to the museum portion of the video. Enjoy and don't forget to comment and subscribe.
0:00 A eastbound BNSF mixed manifest led by BNSF 7960 (ES44C4 built 2015) and 7591 (ES44DC built 8/2007), passes through Mendota, IL.
2:20 A westbound BNSF mixed manifest led by BNSF 7863 (ES44DC built 4/2010), 7675 (H2 paint ES44DC built 3/2005), and CSX 7827 (C40-8W built 11/1992), passes through Mendota, IL.
5:00 The eastbound Amtrak California Zephyr led by AMTK 184 (Phase IV heritage P42DC built 6/2001) and 161 (P42DC built 5/2001), passes through Mendota, IL on it's way to Chicago from the Bay Area and Denver.
5:48 A ex Northern Pacific/BN caboose sitting in the Mendota Civic Center Park. The markings have been painted over and the windows boarded up.
Now off to the Mendota Union Depot Museum. The museum is housed inside what's left of the massive Mendota depot along with the Amtrak station. There were three railroads at one point the CB&Q along with the Illinois Central and Milwaukee Road. The museums rolling stock sit on a very short remaining segment of the Illinois Central.
6:20 The massive model railroad layout that takes up a big part of the museum with model trains/cars representing the three railroads and a layout of Mendota including the depot at its heyday. When looking at the depot from the track side the lower portion on the right is what's left of it and where the museum currently sits. The water tower was taken down a couple months ago. I loved the route of the zephys scheme on some of the engines. The town is sure not dead but it's not the same as it was when the other two railroads were there. Also a view of a model of a zephyr train. There's plenty of other models there including the steam engine outside.
10:10 Inside a 1938 Milwaukee Road Combine car which was for carrying passengers from smaller towns and they were attached to freight trains and had limited amenities compared to full passenger cars.
10:41 A 1949 Southern Pacific Golden State Limited diner car currently being restored though the dining area is restored just needs some more work outside the kitchen the outside is done. Quite neat with the bar. The cars were shared between Southern Pacific and Rock Island.
11:21 A recently acquired Illinois Central mail car which is nicely restored. It used to be in Paxton, IL as part of the Illinois Central historical society though they didn't have the funds to keep it up so they donated it to the museum.
11:47 A outside view of the cars in order from above
12:10 A CB&Q wooden caboose built in 1911 which is nicely restored inside and out.
13:13 The CB&Q steam engine 4978 (BLW 2-8-2 built 9/1923) also nicely restored complete with a working bell and you can climb up to the cab
14:50 BNSF 2874 (ex SP and BN rebuilt EMD GP39M built 9/1965) and 1500 (ex-GN Rebuilt EMD GP28M built 4/1957) sitting in the yard