Apostle Islands National Lakeshore encompasses 21 islands as well as shoreline along lake Superior in northern Wisconsin. The distinctive geology of the area is a result of glacial activity many thousands of years ago leaving beautiful sandstone formations that dazzle the eye.
A super popular Illinois state park, Starved Rock has miles of hiking trails and lots of hidden caves and secret waterfalls. Then head south on Route 178 to nearby Matthiessen State Park for more beauty.
Zion has hosted a Plein Air Art Invitational for nearly 10 years. The first week in November each year, 24 artists are invited to paint in the park. They give daily talks and demonstrations and you can spot them on the hiking trails with their easels and paintbrushes.