Hipmunk Hotels: Outdoor Adventures in Davenport, Northbrook, Champaign and More
One thing that comes to mind when I think of the Midwest is the rustic feel of the area. Travelers can enjoy the vast outdoors while trying local foods and learning about the local culture. One of the best ways to experience nature is through hiking, and cities like Davenport, Northbrook, Champaign, Rosemont, and Schaumburg offer lovely trails. When you’re done hiking, finish your day at a rustic hotel filled with Midwestern style.
Rent a Bike and Hike in Davenport, IA
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Rent a bike from Union Station in Davenport, IA and head out to one of the many beautiful parks in the area. The Duck Creek Bike Trail is 12.4 miles long with 5 miles of riverfront trails, and it’s a popular choice for locals. Sunderbruch Park has a 6-mile biking trail as well as hiking trails; horseback riding is even allowed in the park. Sunderbruch Park is also recommended for wildlife photography. After spending the day on the trails, enjoy a good night’s rest at one of the Davenport area hotels, or book a room at the affordable Super 8 Davenport.
Hiking and Jeopardy in Rosemont, IL
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The Rosemont Theater was the site of the 1999 Jeopardy College Championship. Even the Veggietales took the stage at the theater. There are a lot of hotels in Rosemont, but the Best Western at O’Hare is a great choice if you want to stay near the theater. Rosemont also offers several hiking trails for travelers, including Busse Woods Trail, Chicago Lakefront Trail, and Great Western Trail — all of which offer the option to hike or bike.
Paddle Boating in Schaumburg, IL
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If you have a trip planned to Schaumburg, IL, be sure to check out Volkenining Lake for affordable canoe and paddle boat rentals. Rentals start at just $10 per hour for boats. The park also has an outdoor fitness area and there is a boot camp class with a certified instructor twice a month. Hotels in Schaumburg are quite affordable, and the city offers amazing hiking trails. Eaglewood Resort and Spa has an on-site bowling alley and a golf course, making it a great hotel choice for travelers.
Mountain Biking in Northbrook, IL
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Chiplilly Woods Trail is one of the most popular biking trails in Northbrook, IL. The trail has river views and is good for different skill levels. The Chicago Botanical Gardens has several different trails for bikers and walkers. There is a fee to enter the gardens by car, but you can get free bike access through the North Branch Trail. After exploring the trails, relax at one of the many Northbrook hotels.
Learn about Plants in Champaign, IL
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The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has a Plant Conservatory with rare and unique plants which is open to the public. After you’ve learned about their collection of plants, head out to Crystal Lake Park for some outdoor adventures. The park has an aquatic center and a nature center, and visitors can also rent boats for rowing or fishing. Champaign offers a few budget-friendly hotels like La Quinta Inn Champaign, which averages about $90 per night.
Taking some time to unwind and enjoy nature when traveling is the perfect way to see the world in a totally different way. These Midwestern cities all give travelers the chance to enjoy nature by hiking, biking, or just walking along beautiful trails.