Illinois offering 60 road trips to jumpstart tourism this summer


SPRINGFIELD, Ill.– Illinois unveiled its new “Time for Me to Drive” campaign today to promote the return of travel across the state. The campaign is encouraging residents and visitors to get out and enjoy the state’s diverse communities and scenic landscapes in a safe manner.

Officials say this comes as consumer trends reveal an increased desire to travel by car this summer.

The “Time for Me to Drive” campaign highlights the state’s seven national scenic byways and highways. The Illinois Tourism Office has created more than 60 original itineraries to help visitors navigate the state’s travel destinations.

After an incredibly difficult year in which the pandemic kept us all close to home and staying apart, lifesaving vaccines are bringing us back to life and heading toward a summer of fun and venturing out,” said Gov. JB Pritzker.

The campaign “Time for Me to Drive” was inspired by the song, “Time for Me to Fly,” by Illinois native rock band REO Speedwagon.

One of the road trips that features the Metro East focus on The Great Rivers National Scenic Byway. It is a two-day trip that starts in the Alton, includes the wineries in Grafton.

You can see the list of all the road trips on

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