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The riverfront city of Peoria is famous in the entertainment industry for being a test market for the average American town. However, this city is far from average, with a thriving arts and culture scene, plenty of community activities, and industrial buildings that have been turned into galleries and boutiques. There's a family-friendly vibe, and if you're visiting the area with kids you'll find plenty of attractions to suit smaller visitors such as zoos and parks.

Things to see

Peoria Civic Center is an impressive glass paneled structure that hosts a large arena, as well as many smaller venues. Here you will find an interesting and varied calendar of events from live music to family friendly shows, wrestling, recitals, and even dance lessons in this versatile space. The Shoppes at Grand Prairie offer an upmarket shopping experience, and you can wander around the red bricked buildings of this outdoor mall and enjoy seeing the brands you love. There are also several restaurants dotted around the center, as well as coffee shops where you can re-fuel for the rest of your shopping day. If you need to keep the kids entertained for the day then a trip to Peoria Zoo is one way to get in their good graces. Wander around the shady trails and you'll see tigers and their cubs, curious giraffes, playful monkeys, and many other exotic species living in a comfortable habitat.

Hotels in Peoria

There's a great choice of hotels in Peoria to suit the kind of trip that you're planning to take, and most of the central accommodation boasts 2 or 3 stars. Those visiting Peoria on vacation will be pleased to find facilities such as restaurants, bars, 24 hour fitness centers, free WiFi, lounges, and complimentary parking. Business travelers can also enjoy features such as conference rooms, 24 hour business centers, all day front desk services, and coffee shops. Guestrooms also have plenty of amenities to help you settle in, and these can include extras such as soaking tubs, flat-screen televisions, and room service.

Where to stay

The downtown area of Peoria sits on the riverfront, and has become a popular destination for those seeking entertainment and culture. During the day you can wander around the well-kept bicentennial gardens, visit the converted warehouses that have been turned into boutiques and art galleries, or enjoy activities such as outdoor yoga sessions overlooking the water. At night you'll find buzzing live music venues, relaxed restaurants, and bars selling craft beers. Saturday mornings during the summer months see the market come to the riverfront, and here you'll find piles of fresh produce, handmade breads, local cheeses, and blooming bunches of flowers for sale.

How to get to Peoria

General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport is just 6 miles west of the center of Peoria, and this busy hub has domestic flights to destinations across the USA. There's a regular bus from the airport to the downtown transit center which takes about half an hour, or you can pick up a rental car or cab from the terminal. Peoria's City Link Transit Center is also a popular way to access the city, and in addition to an Amtrak Thruway coach service, there are buses and coaches that run all around the region as well as to further destinations such as Chicago.