United States: Illinois
Illinois (Illinois, area of 149.9 thousand. kv. km) stretches southeast Iowa, leaving a narrow strip of the southern shore of Lake Michigan. "Land of Lincoln", or "prairie State", Indeed, 60% covered with grassy spaces and as its northern neighbors has many reservoirs – In addition to the coast of Michigan, there are more than 500 rivers here (the largest – Illinois) and 950 lakes (more than 6,900 km of coasts).
The greatest and most exciting of the Great Lakes, Chicago extends 40 km along the south-west shore of Lake Michigan.
Illinois has the highest number of golf courses in the United States (about 700), of which more than 200 are in close proximity to Chicago. Just a few dozen kilometers from the city, near Porter (border with indian), it begins, perhaps, the most picturesque part of the state – Indiana Dunes National Park (60 kV area. km) – 40 kilometers of sandy coast and dunes formed by winds from Lake Michigan. In addition to good beaches and an unusual landscape, abounding with high sandy slopes and zybuchi sands, as well as very unusual flora, pine trees, dogwood, various tundra berry shrubs and even cacti grow.
The state capital – the city of Springfield is thereby place that has given one of his nicknames – "Lincolna Land".
Near Saint Louis, On the other side of the River Illinois, the territory spread National Monument Kahokia Mounds (enters the UNESCO World Heritage List) – the highest and complex ceremonial center of the civilization of the indigenous peoples of America north of Mexico. There are several bulk structures with a height of up to 30 meters, very similar to Maya’s pyramids (they are made of clay and rubble), the ancient Observatory Woodhange with the biggest ritual artificial clay platform in the world and 120 bulbs of various purposes. Also deserve attention to the Museum of Natural Barpi in Rockford, Fort Massack Park (1908 g. – First State Park in the USA), as well as more than a hundred different tourist trails and routes with nationwide status.