Looking to get out of town this spring break without having to endure O’Hare? We don’t blame you. If you love horses, hiking, history, trains, water slides or just exploring, there are plenty of nearby options for quickie getaways. Flip through our album for seven inspiring options. They’re trips you can drive and do in one day.

For Peace, Quiet & Countryside …

Trade your car for a horse and buggy and explore the quaint town of Shipshewana, located about two hours from Chicago in the heart of Indiana Amish Country. Many visitors — especially antiques hunters — head there for the Shipshewana Auction and Flea Market, the largest of its kind in the Midwest (held every Tuesday and Wednesday throughout the year), where you'll find everything from handmade quilts to cows. Get your tour through town and the surrounding countryside with Buggy Lane Tours, a local Amish-owned company. Cap your visit to the farm with a family-style Amish dinner at Blue Gate Restaurant, where you'll enjoy a hearty meal of country fried steaks, mashed potatoes, tender green beans and blueberry pie.

For more information on the area, call 800- 250-4827 or go to amishcountry.org.

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— Amy Bizzarri