Home to one of America’s most vivacious cities, Illinois beckons visitors to enjoy its mellower attractions outside of Chicago too. Start your camping vacation by following the Great River Road along the Mississippi, where barges churn the waters and bald eagles soar overhead. Historic sites around Springfield and Casey celebrate the state’s most famous son, Abraham Lincoln. Southern Illinois campgrounds showcase sinewy river valleys and sculpted sandstone, ending in the Shawnee National Forest, which encompasses both the Mississippi and Ohio River valleys and is ideal for camping. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Illinois using your RV, camping cabin or tent as a base camp.