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Destination guide

Peoria is something different in Illinois

Set on the bends of the Illinois River about a 2 and a half hour drive from Chicago, Peoria is a pretty little city that beckons visitors with the promise of leafy gardens, off-beat art fairs, rich Midwestern history – it's the oldest European settlement in the state – and plenty more. If you're hoping to stroll between the flower blooms of Glen Oak Park or encounter elegant paddlewheel riverboats on the Illinois River, you can seek out Peoria vacation rentals. They range from handsome Victorian mansions and relaxing stately homes to cozy pioneer-style cottages.

Things to do

Peoria's museums await

Classic carriages and mind-boggling sculpture works, tales of Abe Lincoln and an odyssey of homegrown Illinois artists await at the acclaimed Peoria Riverfront Museum. It's a real must for anyone who wants to get to grips with the long heritage and creative culture of the city, offering regular arts workshops, touring history exhibits, a planetarium and big-screen theater. If you prefer diggers and hulking mining trucks, then the Caterpillar Visitors Center right next door might be a better choice.

Activities

Peoria is a place to trace the Midwestern past

Look one way and there's a grand Victorian mansion, look another and there's a gorgeous Greek Revival home or a handsome Parisian style tenement. That's just what life is like strolling through the various National Historic Register areas of old Peoria, a town where the history reaches all the way back to 1691 with the coming of European explorers to America. Peoria vacation rentals on the Illinois riverfront will put you close to the top museums and the main heritage sites, not to mention plenty of cocktail bars and BBQ joints.

Weather

Peoria is perfect with the sun shining

With all of its leafy parks and pretty riverfront walks along the Illinois, Peoria is best explored when the sun's shining. You're likely to bag the hottest weather and the smallest amount of rainfall from spring to fall, with the mercury cranking up after May and going strong all the way to September. It is also possible to enjoy the art and culture of this old Midwestern town in the winter months. You can seek out cozy Peoria vacation rentals between November and January that are sure to keep you toasty and warm.

Natural features

Peoria's parks and waterways

Peoria sits in the heartlands of Illinois, on the banks of the Illinois River as it swells to form Peoria Lake and Upper Peoria Lake. The result is a town with plenty of water everywhere you look. You'll find leafy parks and promenades running alongside the riverside, offering views over classic bridges and plenty of picnic spots besides. Glen Oak Park is located just a little way from the Downtown area. It's packed with wild animal enclosures courtesy of the Peoria Zoo – think giraffes, Madagascan bugs and tigers – and multicolored flowerbeds in the Luthy Botanical Garden.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Peoria

Fly into Peoria, IL (PIA-Greater Peoria Regional), the closest airport, located 5.6 mi (9 km) from the city center.

Can I find a vacation rental around Peoria?

Yes, our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 26 vacation rentals near Peoria. From 16 Houses to 2 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Peoria for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Peoria?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Peoria. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Illinois Central College: 24 vacation rentals
  • OSF Saint Francis Medical Center: 24 vacation rentals
  • Weaverridge Golf Course: 24 vacation rentals
  • Northwoods Mall: 24 vacation rentals
  • Peoria Civic Center: 24 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Peoria listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Peoria?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 16 Houses in Peoria. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Peoria include:

  • Cabins: 2 rentals available
  • Cottages: 2 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 3 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with internet/wifi in Peoria?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with internet/wifi among our 24 vacation rentals with internet/wifi available in Peoria. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.