Melanie Holmes


Melanie Holmes is an award-winning author, speaker, educator, and lifelong travel enthusiast. Her previous four books focus on history, diversity, art, and family. Born and raised in rural northeast Illinois, she credits her mother with introducing her to the joy of the open road and credits her husband with helping her to collect three more decades of new travel episodes. To all who’ve asked about her road trips, 100 Things to Do in Illinois Before You Die holds the answers!


Lifelong Illinoisan Melanie Holmes will be in Alton June 7 to sign her latest guidebook, 100 Things to Do in Illinois Before You Die.

Long Grove's Sock Monkey Museum hosted author Melanie Holmes for a book launch event, which brought museum attendance to near-capacity for a while on Saturday, May 27.

It's a five-hour drive from the Volo Auto Museum to the Cahokia Mounds. But it's all part of the same journey.


Coming soon!