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Kayak the glittering waters of inner-city lakes, marvel at masterpieces in hallowed museum halls, and discover the history of the town in unique historical sites when you visit the cultural town of Champaign in Illinois. Its historic Midtown area is a fascinating collection of old brick buildings still hung with their original signs, unusual antiques stores hiding behind tinted windows, and beauty salons sitting next to modern clinics and plastered apartment buildings. Beyond the town center, the residential areas fan outward in a creeping tangle of jumbled streets, whitewashed family homes, and mature gardens.

Things to see

Behind the modern façade of the Krannert Art Museum, part of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is an impressive permanent collection of arts from around the world. Colorful African canvases overlook models of the human form, in another gallery the whitewashed walls are splashed with vivid contemporary artwork in abstract design, and throughout the year its halls are given over to music concerts and other artistic performances. The Willow Pond Golf Course is a little further north of Champaign, in the laid-back town of Rantoul. Overlooking peaceful, flat farmland, it’s a haven for golfers who enjoy far reaching views from each of its challenging holes. The Crystal Lake Park is tucked away in the heart of the city, a popular outdoor recreation area with glittering lake waters, fabulous forests, and play areas for kids. In winter, the snow-covered slopes are turned into toboggan runs, while during summer, adventure playgrounds are packed with excited children and you can hear the smack of yellow balls as they fly across the tennis court nets.

Hotels in Champaign

With its mid-state, rural, student vibe, hotels in Champaign are largely comfortable motel style rooms with modern conveniences that won’t break the bank. They’re dotted over the city, sticking closer to the university campus grounds than straying into residential areas. Typically, you will enjoy modern bedrooms with 1 or 2 double beds, a private bathroom with a tub as well as a shower, and televisions with a seating area to relax in. For total convenience on longer trips, some hotels provide basic kitchenettes and laundry facilities which might not be glamorous but are certainly welcome when you’re away from home.

Where to stay

Champaign is characterized by the university it shares with neighboring Urbana, an arts based learning environment that breathes creative life into the town’s municipal streets. You’ll find hotels in Champaign clustered around South Neil Street close to the university’s Natural History complex, or north, close to Interstate 74 and the multilevel Market Place Mall. Nearby Urbana is almost an extension of Champaign. Its streets roll into each other, surrounding the sprawling learning campus of the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. It’s a quiet, laid-back town filled with brick-built apartment blocks, trendy student-loved bars, and boutique shopping in its main street.

How to get to Champaign

By far the closest international airport to Champaign is Indianapolis International Airport which lies 123 miles across the state border to the east. It’s a straight road through and on the Greyhound bus service route, giving travelers a practical choice of onward transportation. Sadly, trains don’t run between the 2 cities, so the only other feasible form of transport is to hire a car and make the journey yourself. Once you’re in Champaign you’ll find it easy to get around, either by local bus, taxi, or on foot.

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