Do you know what I love about spring & summer? Road trips!

Sure, winter is "the most wonderful time of the year" to some, but for me, there's something about the warm air and the sun that makes me want to hit the road. Also, that slippery stuff tends to stay away so there's no reason to stay cooped up inside.

And if you're looking for a fun road trip, you should definitely check out Route 84 in Illinois.'s on the Mississippi's on the Mississippi

Discovering Route 84: A Scenic Drive

I actually did this road trip last fall, and I can't wait to do it again. The drive up the Mississippi is amazing. I drove north from the Quad Cities, and the further I went, the more beautiful it got. And Galena? Oh man, that town is like something out of a storybook. I felt like I was in a Hallmark movie or something.

Frank O'Dowd's via Facebook
Frank O'Dowd's via Facebook

Exploring Hidden Gems: Food, Drink, and Adventure

But it's not just about the pretty scenery. One of the best things about a road trip is discovering new places to eat and drink. And let me tell you, there are some great spots along Route 84. Love me a good bar & grill.  Make a great pizza or burger and you've got a return customer in me.

Or combine them both.  Bear's in Thomson has the best Pizza Burger I've ever had!

Making Memories

So, if you're looking for a fun adventure this fall, I highly recommend taking a road trip up Route 84 in Illinois. It's a beautiful drive with lots of great places to eat, drink, and explore. And who knows, maybe you'll discover your own favorite hidden gem along the way.

Here are some great places to stop along the way:

Barbecue, Pizza, & Beer-Illinois' Route 84 has Some Hidden Gems This Time of Year

Road trips aren't complete until you've stopped into some hidden gems along the way.

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Harrison Ford's Illinois Childhood Home

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