If you live in the Chicagoland area and ever need a day trip idea to get out of the city and clear the mind and soul — I highly recommend the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, IL. Only about an hours' drive from the city, you will enjoy the rural sights as you make your way North. Once there, you will step into another world of beauty, tranquility and zen. Through the art of minimal Japanese garden arrangments and beautiful landscape design, this place will melt away your stress and leave you able to hold your busy mind still — at least while you are there. To learn more about the Anderson Japanese Gardens, please visit their website here.