Top 9 Resort Towns In Illinois, USA - Updated 2024

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Illinois, famously known as the “Land of Lincoln” is a historic state situated in the Midwest region of the USA. It hosts attractions such as Ulysses S. Grant Home in Galena, de Immigrant Windmill in Fulton, and Palisades Golf Course in Savanna. Outdoor enthusiasts can visit places such as Shawnee National Forest in Herod and Starved Rock State Park in Oglesby. History buffs can visit Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. Millennium Park is also a great place for family visits.

Illinois runs the gamut of accommodations that offer spectacular views and are near tourist attractions. So, if your next travel bucket list includes resort towns, you’re in luck because here, we rounded up some of the best places for you to discover and explore in Illinois. Keep reading to learn more about the top resort towns in Illinois, USA.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on May 31, 2024.

1. Galena

Galena, Illinois (7170032153)
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Alan Light used under CC BY 2.0

Galena, a city in Jo Daviess County, hosts Civil War Reenactments on Bouthillier Street which may pique the interest of history buffs. And for those traveling with their kids, West Street Sculpture Park can draw amazement from this tougher crowd. Additionally, you can visit Thunder Bay Falls about 13 minutes away from Galena Square Drive and Oldenburg Lane. If you’re looking for some peace and quiet, make sure to drop by Grant Park.

Stayed at this property?

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Galena, IL

Wifi Available

Address: 11334 Oldenburg Lane
175.05 km (108.8 mi) from Starved Rock State Park

Parking Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Golf course (within 3 km) Non-smoking rooms Fishing Business centre


Stoney Creek Inn Galena

Wifi Available

Address: 940 Galena Square Dr
173.52 km (107.9 mi) from Starved Rock State Park

Parking Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Facilities for disabled guests

Galena, Illinois, United States
171.99 km (106.9 mi) from Starved Rock State Park
PRIVATE VACATION HOME 10 Guests 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The beds were so comfortable and the decorations pristine
The common area space and bedrooms are all spacious providing plenty of room for our group
The towels were plush and plentiful 8 of us stayed
The owners were wonderful to work with
Such a cute place to stay Plenty of room VERY comfortable beds
Cleanliness:
It was so clean and beautifully decorated
The beds were comfy and everything was very clean
The decor was also stunning and had everyone complementing it
The space was incredibly clean
Host:
beautiful decor responsive of owners all was perfect
The hosts are very accommodating and answered our questions so quickly I would highly recommend this property
The space was absolutely beautiful spotless and very well taken care of
I will say the only downside was there is no stove/oven and the kitchenette area is tiny
Third time staying Love the location and amazing loft
Location:
it's like something out of a magazine
The amenities were perfect and the location had very convenient access to shopping and restaurants
The location was perfect for hitting up the shops breweries and restaurants
Beautiful loft in a great location with amazing hospitality
Wonderful property right downtown Galena
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2. Grafton

LaMarsh house grafton
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Wikigaurabia used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Located in Jersey County, Grafton features a motley of activities that everyone can enjoy. At Grafton Winery and Brewhaus, you can sample their selection of the choicest spirits and food. Additionally, those looking for some thrill and adventure can go all out at Aries Resort’s Grafton Zipline. Your kids will also love Eagle spotting excursions here. Furthermore, to explore the scenic water beauty of this place, go on a river cruise.

Stayed at this property?
Grafton, Illinois, United States
288.66 km (179.4 mi) from Starved Rock State Park
condo 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
tv channel selections were very minimal but we didn't come to watch tv lol
the a/c needed turned on earlier that day to give it time to cool off
Cleanliness:
condo was clean and nice
the place was clean and set up perfectly for t2 couples
this was a very nice clean condo
it was clean easy to find and exactly what we were looking for
Host:
the pool area was also very nice and the staff could not have been more helpful
Location:
it was a great location and very nice
this is definitely a place we will be staying at again for future visits
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Grafton, Illinois, United States
288.92 km (179.6 mi) from Starved Rock State Park
PRIVATE VACATION HOME 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
bed were comfortable and sheets were very soft
plenty of room for everyone to be comfortable
Cleanliness:
we found the property very clean
the house was very clean and well stocked with supplies
the house was very spacious and clean
we were able to check in early & everything was clean
Host:
the owners were right up the hill and so responsive
the owners are very kind & easy to talk to
the most accommodating gracious hosts the property was a short 5 minutes to downtown attractions
when there was something we needed they lent us their own and were immediately responsive
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Grafton, Illinois, United States
288.48 km (179.3 mi) from Starved Rock State Park
233 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cabin 7 Beds 11 Guests 4 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 11

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there’s one bathroom but the rest of the rooms are great size
Cleanliness:
great place to stay clean quite and communication with brandon was great
super fun house very clean
such a great place to stay spacious enough for several people clean and cozy
the house was warm and cozy very clean and organized
brandon's place was clean comfortable and a pleasure to stay at
Host:
the host was very responsive and cordial
brandon was a great host definitely recommend
we really enjoyed everything that was provided for guests and very kind host
the owner provides excellent communication before and during your stay for any questions you may have
i really have to commend the owners on having so much to do on-property
Location:
very close to town but feels like you are far away
great place to get away from stress
love this house location etc
it’s a great location - close to grafton/downtown but feels like a secluded getaway
these guys provide literally everything great hideaway right close to the action
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3. Rockford

Rockford Il Coronado3
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user IvoShandor used under CC BY 2.5

Rockford, dubbed as the City of Gardens, is so much more than just its gorgeous gardens and parks. It is a thriving arts and culture scene such as Discovery Center Museum and Rockford Art Museum. Here, you may want to dine at Octane RKFD or sample sweets at Chocolat by Daniel. Since it is known for its garden, you should visit Anderson Japanese Gardens or Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens for a refreshing stroll.

Stayed at this property?

Embassy Suites By Hilton Rockford Riverfront

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 416 S. Main Street
106.71 km (66.4 mi) from Starved Rock State Park

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms


Staybridge Suites Rockford, an IHG Hotel

Wifi Available

Address: 633 North Bell School Road
106.79 km (66.4 mi) from Starved Rock State Park

Parking Pets allowed 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Tennis court Fitness centre Golf course (within 3 km) Non-smoking rooms Fishing

Rockford, Illinois, United States
109.5 km (68.1 mi) from Starved Rock State Park
PRIVATE VACATION HOME 20 Guests 5 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we woke up well-rested and energized from the comfortable mattresses and pillows
the dining room will easily accommodate 12 to the table (there are extra dining chairs if needed)
the bedrooms were spacious and the beds were extremely comfortable
Host:
philip was also a great host and made the experience very enjoyable 10/10 would recommend to anyone
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4. Saint Charles

Arcada Theater Building (St. Charles, IL) 02
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user G LeTourneau used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Saint Charles is the quintessential old-world neighborhood. Its stucco-walled buildings, Pottawatomie Park, and St. Patrick’s Parade all celebrate the rich history of this town. Besides that, you can explore the surrounding wildlife at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center. Spend a day bargaining at Kane County Flea Market or sampling delicacies in any of the restaurants or cafes in Downtown Saint Charles such as The Greaceful Ordinary.

You will also have several options for accommodation in the area which provide quality amenities while being near famous destinations.

Stayed at this property?

Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago/Saint Charles

Wifi Available

Address: 2875 Foxfield Road
89.07 km (55.4 mi) from Starved Rock State Park

Parking Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Business centre Laundry Dry cleaning


Hilton Garden Inn Saint Charles

Address: 4070 East Main Street
90.23 km (56.1 mi) from Starved Rock State Park

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Golf course (within 3 km)

St. Charles, Illinois, United States
85.82 km (53.4 mi) from Starved Rock State Park
Apartment 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the original windows and stained glass are stunning we were very comfortable there
the house was nicely updated with a modern renovation to the bathroom
Host:
incredibly gracious host everything was immaculate
wonderful that’s wonderful linensi just can’t say enough about the host helping me
Location:
the location is within walking distance to a great market and small restaurants downtown
beds were comfortable; living room was welcoming location was convenient
comfortable place to base a visit in the western suburbs
the home is exactly as described and was a perfect location for our work
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5. Galesburg

Main Street in Galesburg Illinois
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Robert Haugland used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Fun and excitement await you in Galesburg. This town is home to 23 city parks. Head to Lake Storey Beach to experience a wide variety of activities, from kayaking to sunbathing. You can also revisit history through Galesburg Railroad Museum with authentic memorabilia, perfect for kids or adults interested in facts about rudimentary steam engines. Moreover, your kids will love Discovery Depot Children’s Museum.

Stayed at this property?

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Galesburg, an IHG Hotel

Wifi Available

Address: 2160 East Main Street
121.54 km (75.6 mi) from Starved Rock State Park

Parking Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Business centre Laundry


Fairfield Inn & Suites Galesburg

Wifi Available

Address: 901 W Carl Sandburg Dr
124.27 km (77.3 mi) from Starved Rock State Park

24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Business centre Laundry Dry cleaning Facilities for disabled guests Family rooms

Galesburg, Illinois, United States
124.07 km (77.1 mi) from Starved Rock State Park
453 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 2 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there is no tv so we enjoyed an unplugged weekend
Cleanliness:
the space was clean tidy and has lots of cool local history on the walls
extremely clean very nice play to stay i highly recommend
my stay was great the place was super cool and clean
great host great apartment very clean and conveniently located right downtown near local shops and restaurants
the place is a great location very clean and carla is awesome
Host:
the hosts are cheerful helpful and responsive
the host thought of everything to make us comfortable
great apartment and great host highly recommend
carla was great the apartment was amazing and she was so attentive
Location:
great location that makes it easy to walk anywhere downtown
this is a great location and a cute little apartment
i appreciate the location and walkability
great location it gives you the ability to walk around downtown & see the sites
love the location qnd love this building
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6. Savanna

Savanna IL Carnegie library
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user 2cooljohn used under CC0

Hailed as the number one “Best Small Town for Adventure” by USA Today, Savanna offers a variety of activities. Savanna Train Car Museum is a must-see for kids and adults alike. Meanwhile, if you’re into golfing, you can visit the 9-hole golf course in Palisades Golf Course. After an exciting day of activities, head to Marquette Park for a peaceful walk along Mississippi River. You can even rent a kayak or canoe here to explore the waters.

Stayed at this property?

Savanna Inn & Suites

Wifi Available

Address: 101 Valley View Drive
129.72 km (80.6 mi) from Starved Rock State Park

Parking Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Golf course (within 3 km) Terrace Non-smoking rooms

Savanna, Illinois, United States
130.63 km (81.2 mi) from Starved Rock State Park
167 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cottage 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
very comfortable bed living room chairs for tv viewing and well-equipped kitchen
a charming cozy cottage getaway
sunshine cafe had great breakfast
the beds were quite comfortable
Cleanliness:
cute cottage clean parking is on street
super clean and super cute
very clean and nice location
what a cute place to stay very clean great communication nice touches & great space
super cute and clean place to stay
Host:
kathy is a great host very accommodating and responsive
kathy and her husband were very friendly so were the neighbors
Location:
we could walk to the grocery store and all over downtown very easily
nice walk to a good grocery store dollar general and downtown restaurants
cute little home with a nice location
great stay good location for going to mississippi palisades
kathy's house was perfect for our stay in a great location
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Mount Carroll, Illinois, United States
121.01 km (75.2 mi) from Starved Rock State Park
PRIVATE VACATION HOME 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Top guest reviews
Host:
very comfortable bed nicely decorated well stocked bonus extras in the kitchen and bathroom and friendly hosts
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7. Fulton

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Fulton Illinois</div>
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Brad Perkins used under CC BY 3.0

Located on the east bank of Mississippi River, Fulton is a city in Whiteside County that takes pride in its Dutch heritage. From the famous de Immigrant Windmill to Dutch Days Festival celebrated in May, travelers will have a glimpse of Fulton’s rich history. Visit Andresen Nature Center with your little ones to see the interesting display of local flora and fauna. Additionally, Heritage Canyon is the place to be if you want to relax in nature.

Stayed at this property?
Fulton, Illinois, United States
116.51 km (72.4 mi) from Starved Rock State Park
PRIVATE VACATION HOME 7 Guests 5 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
queen bed was comfortable
Location:
great location quiet and easy commute to clinton
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8. Lincolnshire

Marriott Theatre
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user LittleT889 used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Experience the charm of the village of Lincolnshire located in Vernon Township. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the number of golf courses here such as Par-King Skill Golf, a wonderland-themed mini golf course, and the more challenging Crane’s Landing Golf Club at Marriott Lincolnshire Resort. You can also explore the many entertainment options of City Park. Don’t forget to catch a show thrilling show at Marriott Theatre and Food Truck Fridays in summer.

Stayed at this property?

Lincolnshire Marriott Resort

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible Visual Aid: Braille Visual Aid: Tactile

Address: 10 Marriott Dr
130.83 km (81.3 mi) from Starved Rock State Park

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Tennis court


Hampton Inn & Suites Lincolnshire

Wheelchair accessible

Address: 1400 Milwaukee Avenue
129.54 km (80.5 mi) from Starved Rock State Park

Parking Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms

Lincolnshire, Illinois, United States
130.3 km (81.0 mi) from Starved Rock State Park
condo 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

9. Ottawa

Ottawa IL Downtown1
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user IvoShandor used under CC BY-SA 3.0

This gorgeous city is known for being in the middle of everywhere. If you’re planning a trip to this quaint community, make sure to drop by Shakers Lounge to watch a game with great food, admire the art at Open Space Art Gallery & Studios, or try horse riding at Catlin Park. While here, take the kids to Allen Park and be amazed at the beautiful sculptures and the water views.

Stayed at this property?

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ottawa, an IHG Hotel

Wifi Available

Address: 2850 Columbus Street
12.96 km (8.1 mi) from Starved Rock State Park

Parking Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Business centre Facilities for disabled guests Free parking


Hampton Inn Ottawa - Starved Rock Area

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 4115 Holiday Lane
13.33 km (8.3 mi) from Starved Rock State Park

Parking Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Golf course (within 3 km) Non-smoking rooms Business centre

Ottawa, Illinois, United States
10.64 km (6.7 mi) from Starved Rock State Park
PRIVATE VACATION HOME 3 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the house was perfect for a weekend getaway comfortable bed cozy couch and an amazing shower head
Cleanliness:
the place was clean and comfortable
the home was very clean and had nice amenities
Host:
the host responded in a timely manor to any questions i had which was much appreciated
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Indulge in all that the spectacular state of Illinois has to offer

Celebrate Illinois’ rich history and marvel at its diverse landscape. But don’t forget to add these first-class accommodations in Illinois to your travel bucket list.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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