Summer

Road Trip to Destinations Unknown this Summer

Remember feeling the breeze while driving with your parents to places unknown? With no clear destination in sight, you’d relax and find exciting, unique locations to visit that otherwise would never have been seen. So this summer, we encourage you to point your compass in the direction of Henry County, Illinois, for a road trip by car or motorcycle; you can even hop on the Amtrak train for a quick ride to the back roads from the city. Here you’ll reconnect, relive, and re-create your childhood memories as you explore one of the staples of our landscapes… thriving main streets filled with grand traditions, colorful heritages, and friendly faces who know how to enjoy life to the fullest.

Road Trips Built for Two

Try Our “Couples’ Summer” Itinerary

What better way to escape the bustle of life and reconnect with your spouse or partner than to take a ride on the open road! Summer in Henry County is a car lover’s dream starting in June with Annawan’s Fun Days Car Show, which combines Historic Route 6 with vintage cars. August boasts the Cambridge Fest and Auto Show with a day packed full of fun activities centered on vintage cars, antique tractors, crafters, and vendors next to the historic Heritage Village. Finally, for those who love to get up and move while on vacation, check out the many 5Ks over the summer.

Girls Just Gotta Have Fun & Great Finds

Try Our “Girlfriends’ Summer” Itinerary

Discovering a great buy while out with your girlfriends is like earning a gold star from the teacher. It’s something you’ll brag about time and again to your friends and family, and you’ll proudly display it in your home. So where do you find these great buys?  Find them in Geneseo’s historic art and shopping district – filled with unique art galleries, specialty shops filled with clothing and home décor, and a local theater to unwind after the day is done.

Travel Back in Time

Try Our “Getaway with the Kids” Itinerary

Family adventures create epic stories passed down from generation to generation. Henry County is a great place for parents or grandparents to bring the kids in the summer because you’ll never lack something to do. Every weekend boasts a festival – such as the Geneseo Music Fest or the Hooppole Fun Days in June. There are also plenty of outdoor adventures you can enjoy including hiking, camping, and fishing the Hennepin Canal. While you’re here, be sure to stop by our many quaint main streets and take in some of the rich history our county offers. For example, Bishop Hill offers unique demonstrations of artisan crafts depicting the life of early settlers in this Swedish village.

Wrap up your summer fun by spending Labor Day in Orion, IL and bidding on one of their legendary pies in their annual pie action for their Fall Festival.  Then continue to fill your belly by heading over to Kewanee’s annual Hog Days Festival.  Sample some mouthwatering barbeque from the World’s Largest Outdoor Pork Barbecue which will serve over 30 thousand pork chop and pork burger sandwiches that weekend!