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| Do you know of any good day-trips?
Here are some interesting sites within a couple hours of drive time from the Quad-Cities:
-- Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum opened in April 2005 at 212 N. 6th St., Springfield, Ill. The museum uses special effects and multimedia productions to tell the story of the 16th president's life. The library is a research facility. The museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily and is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Take Interstate 74 East to Interstate 155 South to Interstate 55 South. Proceed to West Clear Lake Avenue Exit. (800) 610-2094; www.alplm.org/home.html
-- Abraham Lincoln's Tomb is located in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Ill. The original receiving vault in which Abraham Lincoln was buried on May 4, 1865, can be seen, as well as monuments to four Illinois governors, poet Vachel Lindsay and Lincoln's law partner, William Herndon. The 114th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry stages a Flag Retreat ceremony at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in June, July and August. The Illinois Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Korean War Memorial also are located on the grounds of the cemetery. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March through October, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. November through February. Closed on major holidays. (217) 782-2717; showcase.netins.net/web/creative/lincoln/sites/tomb.htm
-- Amana Colonies. This cluster of villages in east-central Iowa was home to a utopian community of Germans who lived communally and became known for their high-quality manufactured goods. Today, the settlements house shops and restaurants that range from the homespun to the highly commercial. Take Interstate 80 west from Davenport about 75 miles to Exit 225, then north on U.S. 151; or follow U.S. 6 west from Davenport to about 15 miles west of Iowa City. www.amanacolonies.com
-- Bishop Hill. This peaceful western Illinois village once was home to a prosperous 19th-century Swedish communal society. Today, it houses museums, restaurants, gift shops and a bed-and-breakfast; hosts seasonal festivals; and is home to just over 100 residents. Bishop Hill was designated a state historic site in 1946. Take Interstate 74 south to the Alpha-Woodhull exit, follow Illinois 17 and U.S. 34 east about 13 miles, and turn north on County Road 39. (309) 927-3345; www.bishophill.com
-- Carl Sandburg State Historic Site. The Galesburg, Ill., house was the childhood home of one of America's best-loved poets and authors. It offers personal tours of the cottage, plus exhibits, a video and a gift shop. The ashes of Sandburg and his wife are buried nearby. The site is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Take Interstate 74 from Moline about 40 miles south, use Exit 48A (Main Street), and follow the signs; it's at 313 E. 3rd St. (309) 342-2361; www.sandburg.org
-- Field of Dreams, Dyersville, Iowa. The movie "Field of Dreams," released in 1989, has inspired millions with its mixture of reality, fantasy and dreams. This is where the baseball diamond was built -- in the middle of a cornfield. Filming lasted 14 weeks in the middle of a drought in the summer of 1988; the baseball field, constructed in just four days, has remained open since then. People who come are encouraged to bring their baseball equipment if they would like to play on the field. Free admission; open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. April through November. Take U.S. 61 about 80 miles north from Davenport to Dubuque, then U.S. 20 about 25 miles west to Dyersville. Many businesses there offer maps to the movie site. (888) 875-8404; www.fieldofdreamsmoviesite.com
-- Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park, Sheffield, Ill. Construction got under way in 1892, and the canal was completed in 1907, reducing the distance by water from Chicago to Rock Island by 419 miles. By the 1930s, it was being used primarily for recreational traffic. The Hennepin and its sister canal, the I&M, tied the Illinois, Des Plaines and Mississippi river systems into a transportation network connecting Lake Michigan to the Gulf of Mexico. The parkway offers picnicking, hiking, bicycling, fishing, boating, canoeing, horseback riding, hunting and winter sports. The Visitor Center is accessible to the disabled, as is the largest picnic shelter in the park. (815) 454-2328; dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/r1/hennpin.htm
-- Heritage Canyon, Fulton, Ill. A self-guided walking tour of this 12-acre wooded site, dotted with historic buildings, takes you back to the 19th century. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Take Illinois 84 about 45 miles north from East Moline. (815) 589-4545; www.cityoffulton.us/canyon.php
-- Illinois Railway Museum, Union, Ill. See a display of steam engines, street cars, interurban electric and passenger rail cars at America's largest railway museum. Admission includes rides on a diesel train on weekends or electric vehicles daily. Grounds open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Union is about 25 miles east of Rockford. Take Interstate 88 east to Interstate 39, north to U.S. 20, east to a mile past Marengo, turn left on Union Road, go through Union to Olson Road, and follow the signs. (800) 244-7245 (BIGRAIL) or (815) 923-4000; www.irm.org.
-- Jenny Lind Chapel, Andover, Ill. Opera singer Jenny Lind, the "Swedish Nightingale" who toured America in the 1850s, donated money in 1854 to build a Lutheran chapel for the Swedes in Andover. The chapel became a landmark of the Augustana Lutheran Synod, which founded Augustana College in Rock Island. Take Interstate 74 about 19 miles south from Moline to the Andover exit and go east 2 miles on Illinois 81; the chapel is on the west edge of town, south of the highway.
-- John Deere Historic Site, Grand Detour, Ill., was the home of John Deere and his first self-scouring steel plow before he moved to Moline. Highlights include a reconstructed blacksmith shop with a working blacksmith, Deere's restored pioneer home, natural prairie and a visitor center. Take Illinois 5 and Interstate 88 from East Moline about 65 miles east to Dixon, go 2 miles north on Illinois 26 and 6 miles northeast on Illinois 2. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April to November. (815) 652-4551; www.deere.com/en_US/attractions/historicsite_index.html
-- Johnson-Sauk Trail State Park, Kewanee, Ill. Of the park's 1,361 acres, the centerpiece is a 58-acre lake that offers fishing and boating. The park combines names of the Sauk Indian tribe and state Sen. Frank P. Johnson, who worked tirelessly on the park. Features wildlife, natural areas, a pond and a round barn. Concession offers rental boats, fishing bait and supplies, food and beverages, souvenirs and camping supplies. Follow Interstate 80 about 35 miles east of Moline to Annawan, then south about 5 miles on Illinois 78. (309) 853-5589; dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/r1/johnson.htm
-- Maquoketa Caves State Park, Maquoketa, Iowa. Hiking trails wind through a scenic area featuring several caves near the Maquoketa River. Take U.S. 61 north from Davenport about 35 miles to Maquoketa, then turn west on Y31. (563) 652-5833; www.iowadnr.com/parks/state_park_list/maquoketa_caves.html
-- Mark Twain National Wildlife Refuge. Keithsburg, Ill. A 1,471-acre refuge along the Mississippi River. Wildlife includes bald eagles, herons, egrets, deer and fox. The area offers boating, fishing and hunting. Take U.S. 67 from Milan south to Viola (17 miles), Illinois 17 west to Keithsburg turnoff (about 20 miles), and turn south. midwest.fws.gov/planning/marktwain
-- Mississippi Palisades Park, north of Savanna, Ill. Rugged cliffs provide scenic overlooks of the Mississippi River valley. Woods, camping, picnic tables and hiking trails ranging from easy to rugged. Follow Illinois 84 about 50 miles north from East Moline. (815) 273-2731; dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/r1/palisade.htm
-- The Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., is a reconstructed version of the center of Illinois government from 1839 to 1876. Here Abraham Lincoln served as a state legislator, pleaded cases before the Supreme Court, and delivered his famous "House Divided" speech. Also visit nearby Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices, located within the only remaining building in which Abraham Lincoln maintained a law office. Both sites open seven days a week April through Labor Day. (217) 785-7960; www.illinoishistory.gov/hs/old_capitol.htm
-- Starved Rock State Park, Utica, Ill. River and bluff trails lead to sandstone canyons and unique rock formations along the Illinois River. Scenic overlooks provide views of canyons, the river and seasonal waterfalls. There is also picnicking, fishing, boating, horseback riding, camping and winter sports. Take Interstate 80 east from Moline and take the Utica exit, which is Illinois 178 or Exit 81. Go south on Illinois 178 for 4 miles. (815) 667-4726; dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/i&m/east/starve/park.htm
-- The Ulysses S. Grant Home, set in Galena, Ill., one of America's best-preserved 19th-century towns, was built in 1859-1860 in the Italianate Bracketed style. This grand home was presented to Grant by a group of Galena citizens on Aug. 18, 1865, when he returned as the victorious Civil War general. The home is completely restored and decorated with the original Grant family furnishings. Picnicking facilities are available at the U.S. Grant Home Park located across the street from the site. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays in April through October, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays in November through March. (815) 777-3310; www.granthome.com/grant_home.htm
-- Usher's Ferry Historic Village, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Step back in time: Scrub clothes on a washboard or mow grass with a push mower. Special events highlight a busy season. Take Interstate 80 west from Davenport about 55 miles, then 20 miles north on Interstate 380 to Cedar Rapids. Exit at 42nd Street, go west 5 miles, turn 1.5 miles south on Seminole Valley Road, turn left. (319) 286-5763; www.cedar-rapids.org/ushers
-- Wildlife Prairie State Park, Peoria, Ill. About 2,000 acres of grazing land and lakes serve as home to animals native to Illinois, including elk, bison and deer. Eight miles west of Peoria; take Interstate 74 about 85 miles south and east to Edwards exit and drive south on County Road R40, Exit 82. (309) 676-0998; www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org
-- Wyatt Earp's Birthplace, Monmouth, Ill. The house at 406 S. 3rd St. is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Many Earp displays and books can be seen. The four-room, two-story Greek Revival-style home is furnished in the 1840-1880 time periods. Buildings in the adjoining "O.K. Corral" represent Tombstone, Arizona Territory, in 1881. Take Interstate 74 south to U.S. 34, 15 miles west of Galesburg into Monmouth. Follow signs to Monmouth College; go three blocks past the college west; then follow the signs. earpmorgan.com/wyattearpbirthplacewebsite.html
-- Yellow Banks Territory. The name comes from the Indian word "Oquawka," referring to the yellow color of the river bluffs. The area includes New Boston and Sturgeon Bay Park, Keithsburg and Big River State Forest, and Oquawka and Delabar State Park in Illinois. To reach New Boston on the north, take U.S. 67 south from Milan 17 miles to Viola, then Illinois 17 west for 24 miles. To reach Oquawka, take U.S. 67 south from Milan 40 miles to Monmouth, then take Illinois 164 west for 16 miles.
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