Top Day Trips In Illinois & Missouri

If you are looking to take a day trip while staying at Heartland Lodge there are plenty of options! The lodge is located in the center of all kinds of great road trips in Illinois and Missouri! Take in the rich American history of  Mark Twain, Abe Lincoln and Lewis & Clark or explore the many shops, wineries & breweries along with many site seeing options.
Hannibal Missouri – Home of Mark Twain
Hannibal is home to many artists and artisans and a “famous writer” named Samuel Clemens. Hannibal is a community alive and well today as a thriving regional center nestled on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi. Historic homes, artisans and artists, museums, gift shops, winery and brewery, chocolate shop and a thriving downtown area can all be found here in “America’s Hometown”, better known as Hannibal.
Pike County Illinois
Enjoy the scenic county that Harpole’s Heartland Lodge is located in. Step back in time and enjoy our simple lifestyle. Pike County is rich in Abraham Lincoln tradition along with the historic New Philadelphia Site. Enjoy some great shopping, the local winery or just soak up all the natural beauty the county has to offer. “Enjoy our simple lifestyle and stay awhile.”
Springfield Illinois – Home of Abe Lincoln
Discover the makings of your legendary vacation in Springfield, IL. Nowhere else can you find a more complete and authentic collection of Abraham Lincoln sites that let you step back in time to walk in the legendary president’s footsteps.
Quincy Illinois – “The Gem City”
See Quincy IL on the banks of the Mississippi River along the Great River Road. The surrounds are steeped in history and hospitality and infused with the arts and natural beauty.
Alton & Grafton Illinois – Lewis & Clark
Spend the day where Lewis & Clark started their expedition and where the mighty Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois Rivers converge! Enjoy a glass of wine or your favorite brew at Aeries winery located on top the bluffs with a breathtaking view of the rivers! Visit wineries, a local brewery, homemade fudge & chocolate, ice cream, river tours, zip lining, shopping, wonderful meals, first-class accommodations, and a lot of fun with your friends, family or significant other.
St. Charles Missouri
St. Charles MO is short drive away from the lodge. Early explorers and pioneers made St. Charles their place of choice for shopping in the 19th century. Today, you can walk those same brick-lined streets, along the Nationally Registered Historic District, and shop in those same buildings. You will find unique specialty items, home accessories, jewelry, and many other one-of-a-kind gifts rather than pelts and barrels of nails.
St Louis Missouri
There is so much to see and do in St. Louis. From visiting the arch with newly remodeled museum and visitor center to Blues Hockey, Cardinal Baseball, Six Flags, St Louis Zoo, Bontanical Garden, Science Center, Arts, Museums and more!

Last Updated: August 14th, 2019

15 thoughts on “Top Day Trips In Illinois & Missouri

  1. Would like to be on your mailing list. We’ve been looking for a place like this to make a family outing.

  2. Really enjoyed reading the history of Harpole’s Heartland Lodge as well as the history of Nebo. We were booked for a wonderful long weekend in April 2020, all plans were cancelled due to COVID19. Hopefully we can reschedule for April of 2021.

    1. Hi Mandie, as of right now we do not have one scheduled for 2020. We may look at doing more couples weekends in the future though! Please subscribe to our email list for the latest updates and special event weekends that we offer. Thank you!

    1. Great Rich! We can help you with that! We’ll send you an email! Feel free to give us a call to talk with one of our reservationist to book today. Thanks! 217-734-2526

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