(Courtesy Morton Arboretum)
Just 25 miles west of Chicago, this 1,700-acre arboretum features a research center, visitor center, a popular Children’s Garden, herbs, ground covers, fragrant plants, wild plants and dwarf shrubs. Stroll the paths throughout the grounds or hop on the one-hour, open-air tram tour. Daily 7 am-sunset. Admission $15; seniors $13; children 2-17 $10; discount W: $10; seniors $9; children $7; under 2 always free.