The Prairie State is quickly becoming one of America's premier vacation destinations, and for a good reason. Known for its rich history, a wealth of tourist attractions and endless outdoor activities, you'll always have something to do or see when visiting the 'Land of Lincoln.' Being the home of Abraham Lincoln may be the state's most significant historical claim to fame, but the incredible history means a wide variety of museums and historical sites await the avid history buff.
Of course, when you think Illinois, you can't help but think of Chicago – one of the largest cities in the US. Architecture, mouth-watering cuisine, and an unparalleled view of Lake Michigan make this world-famous city a bucket-list destination for travelers around the world.
Speaking of Lake Michigan, the many Illinois cities on its shores offer the unique experience of fresh-water beach life alongside the country's largest lake. The Chicago River and the state's thousands of acres of woodland and parks add to the beautiful natural spaces open to the public.
Thanks to its famous city's 'Windy City' moniker, many think Illinois is a blustery, chilly state for much of the year. While its winters can indeed be quite cold, summers are actually full of sun and heat that will make you crave a lake or river dip! Savvy travelers often choose to visit in the late spring and early fall – these times offer the most comfortable temperatures, as well as somewhat more affordable rates than during the summer rush.
Whether you decide on Chicago for that 'big city' feel or choose to enjoy the rustic beauty of Illinois' greener areas, there's a place to stay that will fit you and your family's needs perfectly. From luxurious five star hotels and resorts to quaint inns and B&B's, there's a spot with your name on it!