We live in an area of virtually endless discovery. I've lived in Missouri and Illinois a majority of my life and never knew about this old mill and waterfalls in the Missouri Ozarks that appear worthy of a road trip someday.
No offense intended, Chicago, but I didn't think you were capable of having something so pretty like this so close to you. It's Matthiessen State Park in Illinois and it really does seem like it's a hidden gem.
With all the kids in my family, I'm always up for a good road trip idea that includes something entertaining for them. I think I found a unique option in a huge splash pad that is now a part of Missouri's Burrus Old Mill Park.