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Intro to Illinois hotels and accommodations

Illinois is an incredible destination with much to see and do, whether you want to explore unique historical sites like the Cahokia Mounds or bask in the beauty of The Great Lakes. It’s home to fabulous cities including Galena with its excellent wineries, and Nauvoo with its gorgeous historical buildings. There is also an abundance of natural beauty. Starved Rock State Park features impressive canyons and waterfalls, and there’s the scenic Grandview Drive, which was once described by Theodore Roosevelt as the “world’s most beautiful drive.”

Hotels in Illinois

Whether you’re looking for cheap hotels in Illinois to conserve your cash for the many attractions, a rustic lodge for peace and tranquility, or 5-star luxury indulgence, Illinois has accommodation suitable for every need. Chicago is where you’ll find 5-star hotels in Illinois, such as The Langham, a hotel which exudes opulence and splendor thanks to its fine furnishings and excellent amenities. For something a little more intimate you can try a romantic B&B in Illinois, which you can often find in beautiful cities such as Galena. The Aldrich Guest House is just one example—a cozy, welcoming B&B with plenty of character.

Things to see in Illinois

A visit to Chicago is well recommended when planning your Illinois vacation. Although it’s well-known for deep-dish pizzas, there’s a whole host of culinary establishments, ranging from family-friendly to fine dining. It’s home to world-class attractions such as the Art Institute of Chicago, or the Willis Tower’s observation deck, which provides spectacular cityscape views. Illinois is also lucky enough to be one of 4 states that border colossal Lake Michigan, one of the 5 Great Lakes of North America. The lake is awe-inspiring, and in addition to the beautiful views and atmosphere, you can enjoy the sandy beaches and plenty of recreational activities. Shawnee National Forest is another breathtaking location to visit. Covering 280,000 acres, it’s particularly stunning in spring when the wildflowers bloom, or in fall when the trees’ leaves burst into a rich tapestry of color.

Where to stay in Illinois

Springfield is an excellent place to stay, thanks to its wide-ranging choice of hotels and wonderful attractions such as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The charming, historic town of Galena is another great option. It has a plethora of wineries, distilleries, and breweries to visit, making it ideal for adult travelers. Perhaps the most endearing feature is Main Street, which features quaint 19th-century storefronts. If you’re looking to be at the heart of the action, you can’t go wrong with a stay in Chicago. Full of great places to eat, shop, and be entertained, it’s a city where you won’t be left wanting.

How to get to Illinois

If you’re considering a flight to Illinois, Chicago has 2 large airports. O’Hare International Airport allows you to travel with ease from many cities including New York and Los Angeles. For the budget conscious, Midway International Airport mainly serves low-cost domestic flights. There are many interstates to choose from if you’re traveling to Illinois by car. You can take I-90 or I-94 if driving from Wisconsin, I-74 or I-80 from Iowa, or I-24 from Kentucky. Chicago Union Station serves Amtrak routes including the California Zephyr and Texas Eagle, which journey all the way to the west coast.

Illinois travel guides

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