Plan a trip to the Prairie State this season and enjoy history, nature, and a taste of the countryside. Here are 5 RV parks you can camp in while there.
Between gleaming metropolitan cities, laden history, and incredible nature, there’s plenty to love about Illinois. Nicknamed ‘the Prairie State’, Illinois is a great summer vacation destination offering the best of arts, theatre, history, shopping, and countryside. It features some of the most iconic museums in the country, takes you through a tour of President Lincoln’s childhood, is home to the Chicago Cubs, and boasts spectacular architecture. Nature lovers will enjoy the state’s botanical gardens, waterfalls, rolling hills, and even an underwater petting zoo at the Mermet Springs!
RV camping is a great way to hop through the state to see not only its main attractions but the quiet, less-known gems too. Fortunately, Illinois has a great collection of RV campgrounds and we have shortlisted the top five that balance the best of what the state has to offer.
This RV campground is a hidden haven of nature. Nestled in the woods of the Vermillion River and surrounded by rolling hills and tree cover, Pleasant Creek is the ideal retreat. It is located just five miles from Starved Rock State Park which features crystal waterfalls, gaping canyons, and nature trails. The best part about Pleasant Creek is that it's just as enjoyable in fall and winter as it is in summer. Where you can enjoy a cool dip in the summer, fall sights of burnt foliage are mesmerizing, and during the winter, the lakes freeze over to make for a whole new experience.
Daily = $50
Weekly = $314
Large RV sites
Water, sewer, electric utilities
Premium tent sites
Located an hour from the star city of the state of Chicago, this award-winning campground is the perfect excuse for a weekend getaway from the grind. It features something for every traveler - a slice of sports, nature, and the city. Those looking to relax will love the golf courses and canoe rides nearby, and nature enthusiasts will enjoy the Kankakee River State Park. The Chicago Bears training camp is just a few minutes from the campground so football fans are in for a treat as well. The park itself features a swimming pool, a propane filling station, and RV sites with patios.
Daily = $50-$65
Tents and cabins for rent
Activities for kids
Sycamore RV Resort is a family-owned facility surrounded by two spring-fed lakes within the park that makes for an incredible summer. Campers can cool off at the beach, test out their fishing skills, or rent a boat for the day to explore the lakes. Nearby lies the Sycamore Speedway for lovers of thrill to see some exciting car races. On-site attractions like courts for tennis, basketball, and volleyball, will make sure you won’t have a minute to spare.
Daily = $46-$51
Weekly = $300-$332
Monthly = $770-$840
Shades and open RV sites
Get ready to experience the cultural side of the Prairie State! This RV park is located near the Hennepin Canal, surrounding it with 72 miles of nature and beauty. Local attractions are endless, including a popular Farmer’s Market that lasts from June till October, and a music festival with entertainment, arts, food, and theatre for everyone. You won’t be missing the outdoors at Geneseo - fishing, kayaking, rental boats, and hiking are all within close distance. Since the campground is located near the highway, campers have easy access to shopping attractions and RV rentals in the area as well.
Daily = $22-$33
Weekly = $132-$198
Monthly = $250
40 pull-thru sites
Wate, electric, & sewer hookups
Boat and kayak rentals
This RV park spells fun in all its forms! Perfect for a family vacation, the Chicago Northwest campground offers suburban camping close to the metropolitan of Chicago. It is just outside the bustle of the city, offering a quiet retreat of the countryside. Campers can take a trip to nearby exciting attractions like the Illinois Railway Museum, Donley’s Wild West Town, Santa’s Village Azoosment Park, Six Flags Great America, and more! That’s not all - the campground features basic to upgraded RV sites, deluxe cabins, and fun family activities like hayrides, mini-golf, and jump pad, among more.
Daily = $62-$98
Patios on RV site
Activities for kids
So here we are with the best of Illinois! Don’t miss out on this state’s natural beauty, packed culture, amusement parks, and renowned cities. Gear up your RVs and start planning your trip now because, in the Prairie State, campers will never run out of things to do with always more fun to be had!