Located on the Illinois River, Peoria is one of the best vacation destinations in Illinois. Peoria's irresistible midwestern charm, history, and unique attractions make it a must-see city when in the area.
To learn more about what attracted the late 17th-century French settlers to the area, visit the Peoria Riverfront Museum and Planetarium. Exhibitions here vary yearly, emphasizing local history, natural history, art, and science, with many interactive exhibits for the kids to enjoy.
Take a stroll through Luthy Botanical Garden on a sunny day and enjoy the magnificent conservatory full of orchids and tropical plants. Peoria Zoo offers over 100 different animal species from all over the world. The zoo is open year-round, with many seasonal events throughout the year.
And bring your dancing shoes because Peoria also hosts a vibrant nightlife scene, from live music shows to performing arts events.
Peoria's central location makes it easy to reach. Peoria International Airport provides daily flights from several major cities. Peoria's Amtrak station offers access to various major cities, with trains arriving regularly. Jefferson Lines, Burlington Trailways, and Amtrak Thruway buses provide affordable transport in and out of the city, too.