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Going on a day trip

Short of time and cash? You don't need much for these lovely little vacations.

The trolley at Starved Rock.

© Beth Gauper

Trolleys take visitors around Starved Rock State Park.

The summer is winding to a close, and you've used up all your vacation and money, too.

What to do? Go on a day trip, of course.

It's amazing how many fun things you can fit into one day, once you get out of the city: Visit wineries, take paddlewheeler cruises, ride bicycle trails, tour lighthouses, find interesting shops.

For Minneapolis, see 10 great day trips from the Twin Cities.

For Milwaukee, see 10 great day trips around Milwaukee.

For Madison, see 10 great day trips from Madison.

For Chicago, see 10 great day trips from Chicago.

Last updated on August 27, 2015