Chicago is the Midwest’s most populous city, but Illinois is full of opportunities to get away from it all with a special someone. Starved Rock State Park is a gem to the southwest of Illinois’ biggest city. From Chicago, follow the Illinois River, which loosely corresponds to the national scenic byway, to 2,630 acres of protected land, where trails lead to 18 wooded canyons, many of them with waterfalls. Council Overhang is just one of many interesting rock formations, carved out by glacial waters. A variety of well-marked trails have been laid ranging for short and easy tolong and challenging. In the warmer months, couples can enjoy seasonal wildflowers and boating on the Illinois River. To make the most of the park and its surrounding area, book a romantic log cabin or a luxury cottage and stay the night near Starved Rock State Park.