Illinois is known as the Land of Lincoln and this state also is the home to the Second City. These are plenty to see and do in Illinois but how do you get started in such a popular state? We’ve perused the state to find our top 5 RV parks, grounds, and resorts for you to enjoy the large metropolis and open fields of the Prairie State.
Casino Queen RV Park: East St. Louis
Casino Queen RV Park is your destination for some serious adult fun. The Casino Queen RV Park has all the accommodations you need in a park including full utility hookups with cable and wireless internet, shower and laundry facilities and even a convenience store. Ideally, you have gambled on the mind if you’re staying at the park, and they offer a 24-hour shuttle from the park to Casino Queen and the MetroLink station.
If gambling is not your cup of tea there are plenty more options in nearby St. Louis Missouri, go catch a ballgame at Busch Stadium, visit the St. Louis Zoo or grab some excellent food at Laclede’s Landing. It’s difficult to run out of options while staying at the Casino Queen.
Leisure Lake Resort: Shorewood
Leisure Lake Resort is a great place to relax before heading off to Chicago. Leisure Lake is aptly named as it offers a quiet and relaxing setting with 180 full utility hookup sites on large level pads. Leisure Lakes takes care of all other needs with showers, laundry facilities, dump station, and propane fills up.
If you’re hanging around the campsite you can waste time on horseshoes, volleyball, mini-golf and event rent a canoe or paddleboat. There is plenty to do outside the park, the sprawling metropolis of Chicago is less than an hour away or go see a NASCAR race in nearby Joliet at Chicagoland Speedway.
Illinois Beach State Park: Zion
We would be hard pressed to compile a list of Illinois parks without something near Lake Michigan. Illinois Beach State Park is your best option for exploring the Illinois shore of Lake Michigan. There are 241 different campsites with electrical and water hookups, as well as a dump station and showers on site.
Spend your days relaxing on the shore or playing in the waters of Lake Michigan. Take your bike 5 miles north to explore North Point Marina where you can rent out watercraft to take out onto the lake. There is plenty of nearby hiking, biking, fishing, swimming and more. The area is fantastic for amateur botanists as there are over 650 different species of plant in the dunes area. Fair warning if you’re bringing the family as nudists frequent this state park.
Starved Rock State Park: Oglesby
Starved Rock State Park has what you need in amenities with 129 full-service campsites including water and electric. Each site comes with a fire ring and grilling area. The park also has showers, a dump station, playground, and camping store.
Starved Park has many fascinating features making it a great place to visit. The park features over 13 miles of great hiking trails, kayaking and canoeing, hunting, fishing and even eagle viewing. There’s plenty to do for kids like guided hikes and options for adults as well like winery tours.
Mississippi Palisades State Park: Savanna
We couldn’t be in Illinois and not show you something on the roaring waters of the Mississippi. Mississippi Palisades State Park is your little site to witness the power and beauty of the river that forged industry on the Midwest. The sites have electric hookups with dump stations and water stations throughout the park. Showers and bathrooms are available as well.
The park itself offers many great views and bluffs that overlook the mighty Mississippi. The area is also covered with a large variety of wildflowers during the spring and summer to help contribute to the color of the area. Spend your days swimming, kayaking, fishing or hiking around the park. Palisades is also excellent for viewing local wildlife such as deer, wild turkey, foxes, plenty of birds and much more. Be on the lookout for the Indian Head rock formation. For some more history of the area visit the Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center.
Illinois has something for everyone, and as an RVer, you're poised to see it all.