Vacation Rentals in Illinois

Illinois Local Information and Area Highlights

Illinois Vacation Rentals

Whether you want to explore the hustle and bustle of a big city, a destination full of natural beauty, or a place rich in history, Illinois has it all. Whether you stay in one of our cabin rentals, lake homes, or city condos, Illinois vacation rentals make it easier and more affordable than ever to visit the state. Plus, you have so much more room and many more amenities than a tiny hotel room could offer.

Illinois for Wine Lovers

You may not think of Illinois when you think of wine, but the state has become the 12th largest wine producer in the country. With more than 193 vineyards and 70 wineries in the state, there are plenty of varieties to explore. You can visit the facilities for tastings and tours, and you may even catch a few wine festivals.

Illinois offers two wine trails that make for a perfect road trip. The Northern Illinois Wine Trail connects 15 wineries along a scenic route populated with charming small towns. The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail will take you to eight different wineries and make you marvel at the stunning scenery you will drive by. Stay in Illinois lodging along the route to get the most authentic experience.

Top Vacation Spots in Illinois

  • Nothern Illinois

In Northern Illinois is Chicago, the state’s pride and joy. As the largest city in the state, there is never a lack of things to do in The Windy City. It is a hotspot for both business and pleasure. Why not rent a Chicago condo to give yourself enough room to relax? Take a tour of the hulking Sears Tower, with a deck open to the public and panoramic views of the city. Another spot for a stellar view is the John Hancock Observatory, from which you can see four states.

Illinois lake homes are also quite popular: You can take a boat tour along Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. The Magnificent Mile, along North Michigan Avenue, is a shopper’s paradise, with four shopping centers, world-famous boutiques, local designers, and more. There is also plenty of nightlife and festivals along the Mile, and a Chicago apartment rental will get you right in the mix of things.  Don’t forget to stop by the Navy Pier, an enormous recreational area that offers acres of dining, shopping, theatres, museums, and an amusement park.

Other attractions in Northern Illinois include Dixon, where you can visit the childhood home of President Ronald Reagan and explore the Ronald Reagan Trail. You can also bike, hike, fish, or cross-country ski along the I&M Canal State Trail. In Rockford, you can find the soothing Anderson Japanese Gardens, with both a traditional and modern garden. You can stay in a Galena vacation rental and enjoy the historic town’s unique stores and nearby golf courses.

  • Central Illinois

If you visit Central Illinois, you can find Bloomington, the birthplace of the product Beer Nuts, and a manufacturing facility there still produces all of them. In Springfield, tour the Lincoln Home National Historic Site and other areas related to Abraham Lincoln’s life. Come visit the Knight’s Action Park & Caribbean Water Adventure, where you can practice batting, play mini-golf, float in a giant wave pool, or float around a river in a tube. Why not cool off in the water, then relax in your roomy Illinois vacation rental home? In Arcola, you can learn about the Amish community through interactive exhibits at the Amish Interpretive Center.

  • Western Illinois

Western Illinois, called River Country, is brimming with activities for outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy the hiking and biking trails, go hunting, or take a boat down the river (you can take a casino boat or non-gaming boat). Take a drive along the Great River Road, which follows the Mississippi and extends the full length of the western border. The road dives into 550 miles of beautiful limestone bluffs, small river towns, and Native American sacred grounds. The Wildlife Park in the Peoria area is home to a variety of animals, including bison, black bear, bobcat, elk, cougar, otter, and wolves. If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of a bald eagle. The area is also full of antique and specialty shops, and each year hosts many fairs and festivals. A riverside Illinois vacation rental is the ideal way to experience the western part of the state.

In Southern Illinois, you can drive along the unforgettable 188 miles of the Ohio River National Scenic Byway. Along the way, stop for a hike at the Garden of the Gods in the Shawnee National Forest; the two main trails offer incredible vistas. Rend Lake is a prime location for boaters, fishing, waterskiers, and tubers. A lakefront vacation rental in Illinois will get you right in the middle of the action. The area is also ideal for golfing, camping, and hunting.

  • Southwest Illinois

Southwest Illinois is packed with history. In Alton, you can retrace the first footsteps of Lewis and Clark on their quest to explore the Louisiana Purchase. You can also visit the Civil War Prison and tour part of the Underground Railroad. The oldest building in Illinois, Fort De Chartres in Prairie du Rocher, is in this region; tours are available. In Belleville, walk though the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, the largest outdoor shrine in the United States, and meditate at twelve different devotional areas.

Illinois Cabins, Cottages, and More

Whether you’re looking for Illinois cottages or lake homes or cabins, you are guaranteed to have a wonderful trip in this beautiful and historical state! Make sure to look out for special offers and last-minute deals so you can save even more on your stay.

Sites and tours to see

Lincoln Highway
Starved Rock State Park in Utica
Governor John Wood Mansion in Quincy
John Deere Pavilion in Moline
Carl Sandburg Home in Galesburg
Lock and Dam 18 / Eagle Watching near Quawka
Joseph Smith Historic Center in Nauvoo
Dixie Trucker’s Home in McLean
Wheels Through Time Museum in Mount Vernon
Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville
Centennial Fountain and Water Arc
James R. Thompson Center