DAY AND WEEKEND TRIP IDEAS

House on the Rock

House on the Rock

There is so much to do in Schaumburg – but if you are looking for a weekend escape, we have got it handled! Discover great lakes, historic towns, so much nature and scenic destinations – and the food! So grab your camera, pack a bag, and go explore what is waiting for you within a three hours drive of Schaumburg.  
 
GALENA
The great thing about a trip to Galena Country is that it’s your story to write. Simply put, there is something for everyone. So drive, run, hike, bike, or soar your way over here. We guarantee you’ll leave with a story to tell. Those are words to live by when visiting Galena Country, especially when nearly every scene offers a picturesque background you won’t want to forget. Explore Grant’s history and some eerie ghost stories. Spot an eagle while hiking the trails overlooking the Mississippi River. Grab a bite to eat at one of our renowned restaurants. And that’s just beginning. Galena Country also boasts some of the best vineyards in the Midwest. Plus Main Street Galena has built a reputation of its own with art galleries, antique stores, and eclectic boutiques all housed in beautifully restored 19th-century buildings. 
 
THE HOUSE ON THE ROCK
The House on the Rock Attraction is an awe-inspiring array of sights, sounds, and sensations. Experience fantasies such as the World's Largest Carousel, enormous music machines, and the gravity-defying Infinity Room. This hidden gem is open year-round.
 
 LAKE GENEVA
Lake Geneva is a resort city on Geneva Lake in southeastern Wisconsin. The lakeside Shore Path is dotted with Gilded Age mansions, many built by wealthy Chicagoans. Nearby, the 19th-century Black Point Estate and Gardens was the summer home of Chicago beer magnate Conrad Seipp, a Queen Anne-style house now lavished with Victorian furnishings. Local beaches include Big Foot Beach State Park, which has trails and picnic areas.
 
STARVED ROCK
Starved Rock State Park is a wilderness area on the Illinois River in the U.S. state of Illinois. It’s known for its steep sandstone canyons formed by glacial meltwater. Several, including the St. Louis, French, and Wildcat canyons, have waterfalls. A wooded trail leads to Lover’s Leap Overlook, with views of the river and Starved Rock Dam. Park wildlife includes white-tailed deer, bald eagles, and migratory birds.

ST. JOSEPH MICHIGAN
St. Joseph is a city in southwest Michigan, on the shores of Lake Michigan. Along the lake, at the mouth of the St. Joseph River, sandy Silver Beach features a restored 1910 carousel and a pavilion. Near Tiscornia Park and its dune-backed beach, the two North Pier lighthouses date from the early 1900s. The Curious Kids’ Museum offers hands-on exhibits, including a play veterinarian clinic, apple orchard, and farm.