5 Road Trip Destinations for Lollapalooza Fans

5 Road Trip Destinations for Lollapalooza Fans

The fun doesn’t have to end when the festival does.

For alt-rock fans, there’s no bigger festival on the circuit than Lollapalooza. Conceived in the early 90s as an outlet for the growing grunge and alternative rock scene, the festival offered a slightly offbeat take on the traditional music festival experience. Despite a hiatus through the late 90s and early 00s, Lollapalooza bounced back and today the fest pulls huge names from the world of alt-rock, rap and alternative pop. If you didn’t manage to pick up tickets for the Chicago event then you’ll obviously have to wait till next year but for those who got in quick and snapped up a ticket before they all sold out, an incredible festival experience is almost upon you.

Whether you’re currently heading to Chicago or planning next year’s festival experience, it’s worth knowing that your journey to Lollapalooza doesn’t have to stop with just the festival. The city of Chicago itself is an incredible place to explore, but with a Chicago RV rental you can discover even more amazing sights in the area. For anyone who’s contemplating a trip to Lollapalooza next year (or those who’ve blocked out a bit of time to relax after this year’s festival wraps up) we’ve got a few road trip suggestions. After all, why not make the most of your escape to Lollapalooza?

Elkhart, Indiana

You couldn’t get further from Lollapalooza than Indiana’s Amish communities.

Just a little over two hours east of Chicago’s sprawling metropolis you can find an utterly different world. It’s not so much Elkhart itself that’s worth a visit, but the Amish communities in this area. To make it even easier to discover this simple way of life, there’s a 90-mile Amish heritage loop which links seven different Amish communities. Keep your eye out for horse-drawn buggies and markets selling handcrafted goods and traditionally prepared preserves.

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids is one of America’s most desirable road trip destinations.

The secret is beginning to get out: Grand Rapids is one of America’s underrated treasures. For a start, this is among the best cities in the States for beer lovers. Founders Brewery is the big name in town, and its legendary taproom is well worth a visit for the excellent sandwiches and unique brews on tap, but there’s a strong craft beer tradition across the city, with many boutique breweries crafting excellent beers. If beer isn’t your thing, there’s still plenty to admire here, from the Van Andel Museum Center (one of the oldest history museums in the States) to the visually stunning Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

Litchfield, Illinois

Embarking on the iconic Route 66 is without a doubt a bucket list item for any road tripper.

Both the journey and the destination are key here. The most iconic road trip route in the world, Route 66, starts in Chicago so this is the perfect opportunity to take part in a time honoured tradition and trace your way down this legendary road. Litchfield, 4 hours from Chicago, provides a good stopping point if you’re just planning a day trip out of the city. Catch a flick at the Sky View Drive-In movie theatre, pop into the Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center or check out the wayside exhibits around town.

New Glarus, Wisconsin

New Glarus is the perfect European escape in easy reach of Chicago.

Can’t afford a European vacation? You can still experience a slice of Switzerland in this picture perfect village. Settled by Swiss pioneers searching for a better life, New Glarus is known today as America’s Little Switzerland. As you approach the town you’ll notice the green rolling farmland and woodland pastures reminiscent of Swiss highlands, even before you arrive to the sight of traditional chalets. Don’t miss the Swiss Historical Village and the New Glarus Brewing Company before you head on your way once more.

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Dells is jam packed with water parks - the perfect place to cool off on a hot summer’s day.

Lollapalooza takes place in the summer every year, so the opportunity to find somewhere to cool off is not to be sniffed at. Wisconsin Dells is one of the best places in the country to escape the scorching heat thanks to all its watery attractions. The city boasts more than a dozen water parks so there are more than enough opportunities to beat the summer sun and have fun at the same time. Wisconsin Dells is an especially great choice if you happen to have kids in tow and you’ve got a couple days to spare.

So next time you’re planning a Lollapalooza adventure, set aside a little bit of extra time, book an RV rental and explore the area around Chicago - there’s far more to the surrounding region than you might think.


Written By: Kristof Haines

It’s funny how motorhome memories stick with you. I can still recall a motorhome vacation my family took when I was five years old and how awesome I thought I was, tucked away in a loft bed above the cab. From revealing unique destinations to providing tips and tricks, it’s my mission to help others build great motorhome memories too.