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Hotels in Illinois

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Whether you’re traveling with the family or exploring Illinois on your own, you’ll find a wealth of things to do around Chicago, Springfield, and other cities around Illinois. Illinois has become a popular destination for long weekend getaways and extended stay trips that take you to Lake Michigan and unique attractions in the southern part of the state.

Chicago is always a hotbed of activity and you’ll find hundreds of attractions, landmarks, and historic sites around the area to enjoy. It’s also a haven for food lovers and you’ll find many great restaurants and flagship dining destinations around the Windy City to please your palate. Continue exploring northern Illinois to visit cities like DeKalb and Sandwich. You can take a tour of Lincoln Park Zoo or watch a football game at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. 

Springfield is another popular destination in Illinois, home of the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. You can explore several classic Midwest cities around the area, including Macomb and Danville.

Southern Illinois is home to a few roadside attractions and is also one of the best kept secrets of the Midwest. Those who are willing to explore further than Chicago will be treated to some beautiful natural territories, the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, and several wine trails ripe for exploring. You can also head to Mermet Springs, considered to be the strangest diving site in the United States with its 8.5-acre spring-fed quarry and underwater petting zoo. Head to Carbondale in southern Illinois and you’ll enjoy easy access to Giant City State Park.

Illinois is a perfect vacation destination for families because of the wealth of family-friendly attractions and sites to explore. Museums, scuba diving destinations, beaches, and parks are a few things to add to your itinerary. Schaumburg is home to the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center and is within a short drive from Westmont and Rosemont. Make your way to central Illinois to explore Decatur, a city located just east of Springfield. It’s home to the Scovill Zoo and recreational sites. The Orpheum Children’s Science Museum is another must-visit destination for kids and is located in Champaign, a short trip north of Savoy.

From outdoor adventures to indoor attractions, enjoy a wealth of fun and interesting activities around Illinois. Venture beyond Chicago to explore some of the Midwest’s roadside attractions, historic sites for a real taste of the Land of Lincoln.

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