If you plan on taking some vacation days soon, you don't have to travel far to have a good experience because there are plenty of fun things to do in Illinois.

Can You Guess Which City In Illinois Is Highly Rated In U.S. For Staycations?

I remember my parents and I doing staycations years before I ever even heard of that name. My dad used to call it playing tourist. Even though we were from Illinois, our family would visit places all over the state like we were out-of-towners.

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Illinois is a great place for staycations because there are lots of great places, people, and things to experience. The secondary cities like Rockford, Springfield, and Champaign are perfect spots to visit.

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There are plenty of sights to see but you can just make it a day trip and not worry about spending money on a hotel. We did that a lot when I was growing up. It seems like we were doing that most weekends when I was young.

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Now, these short little journeys are called staycations. You've got the time off from work but have a small budget for activities. This is the perfect way to spend those days. Plus, there are plenty of free things to still do in Illinois.

Chicago is the perfect city for a staycation. It's a short drive with plenty to do. You can even find free activities, take public transportation, or explore on foot. Throw snacks and beverages in the car for later.

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The Windy City is so perfect for staycations that it's rated one of the best in the entire United States. Chicago is ranked 6th in the country. That's pretty impressive. I can totally agree with that high mark. I suggest checking it out next time you have some time off.

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