A Trip in Two

Summer is a great time to get away and enjoy a break from daily life, and thanks to a better economy you can make the most of your trip.

“The steady improvement in the economy is spurring travel, people are saving money so they are able to go on those travels or vacation,” said Spokesperson for AAA, Charlene Slighting.

For those who like the sand between their toes, but not the hefty price tag of a trip to the islands, just over 70 miles out of town is a local alternative, the Indiana Dunes.

“You are going to spend most of your time enjoying the beach, the dunes, being able to go up and down them, camping, there are also area places to stay, it’s a small town feel so it gives you kind of old Americana, old world type of vacation to enjoy. Simple,” said Travel Consultant at Travel Leaders of Naperville, Christie Kruchten.

Another relaxing get away with a beach feel, Lake Geneva, located just north of the Illinois Wisconsin border.

“You have the lake there are a lot of water activities you can enjoy, there’s a beach there as well as the shopping, golf, and spas,” said Kruchten.

If you like the water, but not the sand and are up for a longer road trip why not head up to Wisconsin Dells.

“The water park capitol of the world! If you’re going in the summer time, there are the outdoor water parks, roller coasters, the Duck boat rides. It’s definitely family fun and friendly with lots of great places to eat,” said Kruchten.

Nature buffs might like a getaway a little closer to home; Starved Rock is hot spot for hiking and enjoying the great outdoors.

“Starved Rock is another good destination. Camping and a lot of hotels and motels to stay at, the trails to enjoy nature, the rock formations, and the water fall,”

No matter where you decide to spend the last weeks of summer, Kruchten has one suggestion to make the most of any trip.

“Always utilize the local consumer, chamber of commerce websites, they are a wonderful resource, contact your local travel agent of course, and we have those resources as well,” said Kruchten. “You can find out what all your options are because there are a lot of different ways you can have your housing, camp ground, motel local little drive in ones or a chain hotel.”

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