Best Hiking Spots Near Chicago
Chicago is full of beauty. Shoreline Sightseeing brings you the most picturesque and historic buildings in Chicago, but only a hiking tour can bring you face-to-face with the natural beauty of Illinois. Don your hiking boots and enjoy the best hiking trails near Chicago.
For a relaxing stroll through some of the most picturesque views of Chicago, take a walk along the Riverwalk. This waterfront spans Franklin Street to Lake Shore Drive, with nine blocks of fun to explore. Check out the Chicago Bridgehouse Museum at Michigan and Wacker, ogle the marine machines at the boat launches, or enjoy the beauty of the Wrigley Building and Tribute Tower. After a brisk stroll, relax and contemplate the beauty and tranquility of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza’s green lawn, central pool, and waterfall.
Crabtree Nature Center
Nestled in serene Barrington Hills, the Crabtree Nature Center is home to over a thousand acres of gently rolling hills carved out by glaciers millenia ago. Stroll through wetlands, woodlands, and prairie environments on miles of self-guiding trails. Bird watches will enjoy seeking out the 260 species of birds that have been spotted in the nature center, while botany fans will love the sight of wildflowers in the spring.
If you’re an experienced hiker, you’ll love the 9.6-mile trail of Swallow Cliff. The “front lawn” leads up to a 100-foot-tall bluff, which boasts a rough and tough stair workout that’s home to one of the best sledding hills in the state. The 800-acre preserve is home to many migratory birds, including summer tanagers and woodpeckers. Cross babbling brooks, rest in the shade of ancient oaks, and wander through wood and prairie in this gorgeous preserve.
Only the bold would visit a particle physics laboratory for a hike, but that’s just what you can do on the Fermilab Trails. This beautifully designed campus is home to scientifically fascinating sculptures, soaring buildings, and miles of interpretive and hiking trails. It’s also home to a herd of bison, who casually graze in the prairie lands as high-speed particles are discovered just yards away.
See Chicago With Shoreline Sightseeing
After a long day of hiking in the Chicagoland area’s natural beauty, rest and relax with a Shoreline Sightseeing tour of Chicago’s architectural beauty! Schedule your cruise today or call us at 312-222-9328.