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.
Top itineraries in Illinois
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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'.
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Watch as sweeping shorelines, architectural icons and powerhouse cities combine.
Under nine hours from London and with superb sightseeing, shopping, entertainment and dining, Chicago, the so-called "windy city" on the shores of spectacular Lake Michigan, is fast becoming one of the USA's favourite short-break destinations.
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Top places to stay in Illinois
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
This boutique hotel is set in one of Chicago’s hippest neighbourhoods, having won several Condé Nast awards.
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.
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