Chicago is the Midwest’s most populous city, but Illinois is full of opportunities to get away from it all with a special someone. Matthiessen State Park is a lovely park that is beautifully unpopulated, compared to its sister park, Starved Rock. In the same region as Starved Rock, Matthiessen State Park is less crowded and has many of the same topographical features, including canyons, waterfalls, and rock cliffs. In summer, the park is wonderfully green and, in fall, the changing leaves are on full display. Paths lead to interesting rock formations, many of them in the midst of waterfalls. Steal a kiss behind cascading water at the so-called “Giant’s Bathtub” to enjoy the verdant woods framed by cave walls and the shimmering falls. Gain a vantage point by climbing LaSalle Canyon, carved out by glacial waters. Stay the night to make the most of Illinois’ natural beauty at one of our romantic accommodations near Matthiessen State Park.