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Illinois

Visit Illinois

Introduction

Illinois is a largely rural state of rich, flat farmland in what is known as the 'Land of Lincoln', thanks to the concentration of sites related to the former President around state capital Springfield. Abraham Lincoln lived in Springfield for 24 years before assuming the presidency in 1861 and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is full of artefacts and interactive displays.

The mighty Mississippi River winds its way throughout Illinois and some picturesque scenery can be found along its banks in the north-west in the 'Driftless Region'.    The state's largest city Chicago offers a city break with a laid-back feel, with world-class museums, lakefront vistas and award-winning restaurants and hotels.

 

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Top itineraries in Illinois

M/V Victory I in Georgian Bay

Splendour of the Great Lakes - Chicago to Toronto

12-day tailor-made cruise from £5,495 pp incl. flights

The awe-inspiring Great Lakes make up one fifth of the world's fresh surface water. Discover this spectacular region in elegant style with fine dining and enrichment activities onboard the Victory I or Victory II.

Historic Route 66

Historic Route 66 – Great American Road Trip

18-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,145 pp incl. flights

Take a trip along Route 66, America’s most celebrated highway. inspired countless films, books and songs, from Jack Kerouac’s On the Road to Woody Guthrie’s 'The Ballad of Tom Joad' and Bobby Troup’s classic '(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66'.

Lake Michigan, USA

Highlights of the Great Lakes

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,300 pp incl. flights

Watch as sweeping shorelines, architectural icons and powerhouse cities combine.

Top places to stay in Illinois

The Knickerbocker

Chicago Millennium - The Knickerbocker, Illinois

Contemporary hotel

The Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel offers sleek and stylish accommodation in a great location, at the start of the Magnificent Mile with its endless shopping, dining and entertainment. Attractions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago and 360 Chicago (formerly the John Han

The Thompson

The Thompson, Chicago

Contemporary hotel

This boutique hotel is set in one of Chicago’s hippest neighbourhoods, having won several Condé Nast awards.

Peninsula

The Peninsula, Chicago

Designer hotel

One of the city’s best-regarded hotels, the Peninsula has consistently been awarded the Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond awards year on year.

Park Hyatt Chicago

Park Hyatt, Chicago

Contemporary hotel

Bringing residential living and gorgeous city views to guests, this hotel is centred around many of the city’s best attractions.

Where to go in Illinois

Chicago

The 'windy city' of Chicago got its nickname from its unique politics, not the weather, so you can expect a laid back city built for all seasons, with world-class museums, miles of lakefront vistas, award-winning restaurants and luxury hotels.

Illinois articles

Chicago Skyline

Illinois: The ultimate introduction to Route 66

Home to the most Route 66 national historic sites of any other state, learn why Illinois is the perfect introduction to the Mother Road.

Pontiac Route 66 Mural, Illinois

A holiday on Route 66

With nearly 2,500 miles to choose from, we’ve put together the must-see stops along Route 66 – America’s original road trip. Along with the big-city highlights, there’s plenty of off-the-beaten-track intrigue, including national parks and forgotten railroad towns.

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