With summer right around the corner, it's about time to start planning those warm weather road trips. Lakes and beaches are popular destinations, but if you're looking for something a little bit out of the ordinary, these impressive waterfalls of Iowa and Illinois are right up your alley.  Even if you're not a nature lover, anyone can appreciate these gorgeous natural wonders.

Duck Creek Waterfall, Bettendorf, IA

Luckily, you don't have to drive far to see one of the prettiest waterfalls in Iowa. Duck Creek Waterfall is located right here in the QC, at Devil's Glen Park. Hidden among the limestone bluffs and winding trails of the park is a small waterfall leading to the creek. With its location so close to home, it's the perfect place to start your waterfall tour.

 

Starved Rock State Park- Oglesby, IL

Starved Rock is about an hour and a half drive from the QC, so it makes a nice day trip for those looking to explore the outdoors. The waterfalls are the most active in the spring and after heavy rainfalls, making it the perfect time of year to start planning a visit.

Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve- Darien, IL

Although Waterfall Glen is a bit of a drive, it's worth the time to check out the beautiful falls, as well the scenic prairies and woodlands. The forest preserve is also a popular place for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

 

Siewer's Spring Waterfall- Decorah, IA

Siewer's Springs is set along the Trout Run Trail, which makes it a perfect area for sightseeing and fishing. Nearby the springs is Deborah's famous Eagle's Nest, where baby eaglets hatch every year.

 

Briggs Wood Park Waterfalls- Hamilton County, IA

Briggs Wood Park has three sets of falls set amongst the beautiful scenery of the prairies and woodland. The park also features campgrounds, fishing areas, a beach, and an 18 hole golf course.