Explore the fascinating natural beauty of a state not recognized for its scenery through the wide variety of parks and natural areas that many have never enjoyed. Be surprised by the diverse and beautiful landscapes of Illinois. After visiting these special places with this book in hand, you may never think of Illinois as "flat and boring" again! This is not a technical treatise but a guide for everyone to experience the physical beauty that Illinois has to offer. Exit off the Interstate highways and find these unique areas set aside for public enjoyment. This book introduces you to the amazing geological background of 28 Illinois park areas and other sites. Parks with mainly historical or recreational emphases may or may not be included. Unlike other publications, this volume focuses on giving you the necessary background to understand the origins of natural features seen in parks and on Interstates leading to them. Keep it in the glove compartment of your vehicle so you can enhance your visits to geologically significant parks in the Prairie State.