Barb Watne didn’t take to camping right away when her husband, Toby, first suggested the idea back in 1967. But she tagged along, and over time, couldn’t wait to hop into a recreational vehicle and hit the open road. Nearly 46 years later, the Hinckley, Ill., residents still love a good adventure; they’ve camped in 47 different states. Over the ...

It’s time to pack up the van and head out for a summer vacation. But forget about those long cross-country drives. Here are five of our favorite places to play, right here in our region. ...

Don’t write off the travel agent yet. These seasoned, professional travelers have the insider discounts and hands-on knowledge to enhance vacation planning. Take that, Internet! ...

The Old Northwest Territory is full of great resort and hotel getaways. Why not explore some of the best in your own backyard? ...

There may be a more charming place to spend autumn than Galena, Ill., but we haven't found it. Learn what's new, what's old and what's going on now in this remaarkable enclave near the Mississippi River. ...