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Illinois glamping: What you need to know
Why Choose Glamping in Illinois?
Located in the midwest of the United States, Illinois has rightfully nicknamed "the Prairie State," for its large swaths of farmland, forests, hills, and wetlands. Illinois is also home to Chicago, one of the largest cities in the U.S.
Chicago is a major business center, home to the Chicago Cubs, and many other tourist attractions like the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Museum.
Illinois is also home to other cities like Springfield, the capital, Rockford, Peoria, plus many more. If you’re seeking a glamping getaway, the best places to go are Shawnee National Forest and Starved Rock State Park, alongside many other natural wonders around the state.
Top Things to Do in Illinois
There are so many things to do in Illinois, making it the ideal location for a glamping adventure. When planning a vacation in Illinois, you must take some time to get outdoors!
The Shawnee National Forest is a destination like no other. Hike the 400 miles of trails, or visit local wineries and craft breweries. A particularly popular hike is the trail out to Garden of the Gods, a towering sandstone outcropping formed millions of years ago. You can also do a Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour and go zip-lining through acres of forest. White Crane Canoe Rentals also give two-hour guided tours by canoe or kayak of the Cache River.
When you're done exploring the forest, sample the flavors of southern Illinois grapes at vineyards like Blue Sky Vineyard, on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail.
Starved Rock State Park is another popular Illinois attraction. Here, explore the park's waterfalls, canyons, and views of the Illinois River.
Lastly, no outdoor vacation in Illinois could be complete without a visit to Illinois' waterways. Kayak the Chicago River, go sailing on Lake Michigan, or raft on the Vermillion River. Here, visitors witness Illinois' splendor from a whole new perspective.
When is the Best Time to Visit Illinois?
Illinois has four distinct seasons, with cold, snowy winters and hot, humid summers. The winters can be quite cold, with high winds and temperatures averaging around 20° F. Summers in Illinois can get very hot, with highs around 90° F. St. Patrick's Day in March brings visitors to Chicago from all over. Other popular events include the Taste of Chicago food festival in July and the Illinois State Fair in Springfield in August.
Is there romantic glamping near Chicago?
Is there treehouse glamping in Illinois?
Yes! There are some excellent treehouse rentals in Illinois, perfect for a break with the whole family. These unique accommodations allow guests to stay in the midst of nature, all whilst enjoying stunning decor and many home comforts.
Can you glamp near Starved Rock?
If you plan to visit Starved Rock while staying in Illinois, there are plenty of glamping rentals in nearby towns and villages. Places like Ottawa, Streator, and more provide the perfect location for those hoping to explore Starved Rock with ease.