Exploring the state of Illinois in the comfort of one of our Rockford RV rentals makes for a rewarding journey. Rockford is the gateway to the wonderful world of recreation in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, as well as the urban Chicago adventure. Its 20,000 acres of greenery, several golf courses and Rock Cut State Park is evidence that this area is a haven for outdoor activities, and offers great camping in your rental RV. Sink 18 holes at the Aldeen Golf Club, or take in the tranquility of the Anderson Japanese Gardens. If you're there in the winter, cozy up at the vaudevillian Coronado Theater. Pay a visit to Jane T-Rex at the Burpee Museum of Natural History. Visit the living museum and pioneer village of the Midway Village and Museum Center. You can hike or bike along the renowned riverfront, or do some fishing at Rock River or Olson Lake.
If you have the urge to get away for a day trip, here are a few ideas:
Just an hour and a half from Rockford is Starved Rock State Park. With its 13 miles of trails and waterfalls, it's a great spot for family nature walks. There are interactive activities for the kids, too. You can take a ride on the historic paddleboat, the Belle of the Rock, or you can take a "Hike and Lunch" guided tour. To get there from Rockford, take I-39 S for 68 miles and take exit 81. It should only take about an hour and fifteen minutes.
About an hour and a half out of Rockford traveling west on US-20 is the Mississippi Explorer Cruises at Chestnut Mountain, where you can take a journey to the historic city of Galena and climb onto the Mississippi Explorer. It's a ninety-minute cruise that explores the Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuse. You'll discover a world of wildlife observations, historical vignettes, geological wonders and gorgeous views. The journey includes an Alpine Slide and Scenic Chair Ride to and from the departure area at Chestnut Mountain Resort. It's as fun as it is educational, and definitely a good time for the entire family. There are a number of quality RV parks in the area.
Wherever you choose to travel in the Prairie State, you will have more fun if you're in a Cruise America rental RV.