Illinois, USA

Illinois, USA

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Illinois: the start of Route 66

It's not nicknamed the "Prairie State" for nothing. Illinois is characterized by vast swathes of pretty, flat grasslands which provide a habitat for a ton of wildlife and plenty of possibilities for outdoor fun. To the north, on the banks of Lake Michigan, is Chicago, one of the world's great cities. If you score an Illinois vacation rental here, expect world-class museums, retail spaces to satisfy even the pickiest of shoppers and one of the most iconic skylines in the US. This is the start of Route 66, the epic roadway which has led brave souls out west for centuries. It's a fitting place to start.

Shop in the Illinois' big city, hike in the prairies

Whether you're planning to come and stay in an Illinois vacation rental with the rest of the family, or just as a couple, the state's got your activities covered. After you tire of Chicago's shopping scene – difficult for most retail junkies – there's a whole world of lakes, rivers and forests which provide countless outdoor activities. If you saddle up, you can go horseback riding along the prairies. Not adventurous enough for you? No problem. You can don a helmet and life jacket to go racing down the water rapids on rafts, or even hurl yourself out of a plane, with a parachute of course.

For attractions, look no further than Illinois

You would need a book to write about all the attractions that are housed in Chicago, let alone the rest of the state. There are some notable highlights, though. If you're lucky enough to nab an Illinois vacation rental in the big city, you'll be treated to a ton of free world-class museums. The Oriental Institute features ancient artifacts from the East, while the National Museum of Mexican Art is the biggest Latino art museum in the country. If you like wildlife, you can stop by Lincoln Park Zoo on the banks of Lake Michigan. Opened over 150 years ago, it's home to more than 1,000 animals.

Illinois has something for all seasons

It's unsurprising that the summer break sees the biggest influx of family vacationers to Illinois. It's festival season in Chicago and the whole state is drenched in hot weather. It's not necessarily the best time to visit, though. If you plan to stay in an Illinois vacation rental and explore the big city, your best bet is nabbing one during the slightly cooler shoulder months, you'll still bathe in bright skies and a warm climate but the crowds have all but disappeared. Visiting Illinois in winter? With lots to do and rock bottom pricing on rentals there is no reason not to.

Fascinating wildlife inhabits Illinois' grassy landscape

The Prairie State's miles of grassy land are home to some fascinating wildlife. The once endangered bobcat, similar to a domestic cat but twice the size, now thrives in the state with an estimated 5,000-strong population. If you go walking in rural Illinois, your chances of spotting an eastern cottontail rabbit are good, as is spotting little woodchucks, often called ground hogs. Eastern wild turkeys were once extinct in the state but have been successfully reintroduced and now thrive around the wooded areas. Lake sturgeon are doing rather well too, growing up to 6 feet in the waterways.