Located 90 minutes southwest of Chicago is one of Illinois’ most popular state parks, Starved Rock. Nestled along the banks of the Illinois River, hundreds of thousands of visitors travel from around the country to explore the canyons, hike 13 miles of marked trails, and in the fall, watch as the colors light up the sandstone canyon walls. With 18 canyons and more than 3,200 acres to explore, it may take more than just one trip to experience everything the park has to offer. A convenient stone lodge, built in the 1930s, offers 72 luxury hotel rooms, 22 cabin rooms as well as a whirlpool and sauna. If the lodge is booked, various hotels are located in nearby Utica, Peru and Oglesby. As a year round park, Starved Rock offers a unique visit during any season. Summer brings warm temperatures and families with children on break filling up the park's campground. Autumn brings its own rewards with trails carpeted in fallen leaves. Spring rains create magnificent waterfalls and in winter those same waterfalls become frozen walls of ice where the experienced can practice their ice climbing skills. So take a free weekend and head a few hours west of St. Joseph, you won't be disappointed.