Peoria to Houston Road Trip Guide


Peoria might be one of those cities that not a lot of people have heard of. But it’s a city that sits in the middle of Illinois. It sits between Chicago and the state capital of Springfield. And it probably stands out as one of the best cities to start a seven-day road trip. How about taking the family in an RV all the way down to the big city of Houston.

Houston is the largest city in Texas and the fourth largest in the country. You can check out the Johnson Space Center or catch an Astros game at Minute Maid Park when baseball season is underway. The city is vast and there is plenty to do. For the duration of your road trip, you’ll be making a lot of stops along the way. If you are looking to take the family on a road trip of a lifetime and make memories that will be etched in your mind forever, let’s get going!

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Road trip length: 7+ days
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Point of Interest

Peoria Scale Model of the Solar System

If you want to see the solar system in a scale model form, then it all starts in Peoria. One million miles is equal to 53 feet, so you’ll get to see some model planets here and there. And where exactly is Pluto? About 40 miles away in a furniture store in the town of Kewanee. Unfortunately, that town is well out of the way. But at least you’ll see some of the planets. The sun will be located at the Peoria Riverfront’s Sun Plaza (hence the name). If you walk down the riverfront trail, you can see Mercury. You’ll be able to see a map of the solar system and where the planets are located.

There aren’t too many RV parks and campgrounds around Peoria. But if you are looking for a good RV park to get yourself situated before the big trip down to Texas, you should consider setting up shop at the Millpoint RV Park north of the city. You’ll be in direct access to state route 26, which will lead you towards Interstate 74.

Lincoln’s Tomb

After driving through much of Illinois, you’ve made it to the state capital of Springfield. Located in the Oak Ridge Cemetery is the tomb of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States. Lincoln lived in Illinois for most of his life and there is a reason why they call it the “Land of Lincoln”. There’s a large bust of Abraham Lincoln where a lot of people come to rub Honest Abe’s nose for good luck. You might want to do that for a bit of extra good luck for your road trip.

There are quite a few RV parks and campgrounds in the area, including a KOA Campground that is located south of the city. Remember, if there’s a KOA near the city you’ve visited just know that they are always reliable when it comes to people with RVs. Plenty of power hookups and amenities. Plus, you might be within walking distance of some good dining.

Gateway Arch

You’ve now entered the state of Missouri into the city of St. Louis. Now is your chance to check out the view from the Gateway Arch. This monument has an observation deck that you can access through stairs or a special tram. You’ll be amazed by the views of the city from the Arch’s observation deck (including the Mississippi River). This monument signifies your entry into the Western half of the United States. But you’ll be heading south rather than west.

If you are looking for a great RV park, then there is one located right in the city with everything you need. The St. Louis RV Park has plenty of plugins, amenities, and the kids can take a swim in the pool. You have everything you need all in a central location.

Mark Twain National Forest

Mark Twain’s home state just so happens to be Missouri. So it’s quite fitting to have a national forest named after him. This forest spans out through 29 counties in the state of Missouri. No matter where you are in the coverage area, there are plenty of places where you can hike, bike, walk, hunt, or fish.

There’s plenty of RV parks and campgrounds throughout the forest. But if you want to go somewhere that isn’t so much out of the way, you can check out the Arcadia Valley RV Park as a place to set up shop and settle in.

Billy Bass Adoption Center

Remember that Billy The Singing Bass? Yep, those were popular back in the day. And guess what? If you don’t want yours anymore, be sure to take it with you. Because there’s a special place in Little Rock, Arkansas where you can drop it off and it can be displayed on the walls of the Billy Bass Adoption Center. You can find it inside the Flying Fish Restaurant. So come for the food, stay to say goodbye to Billy.

As for where to stay, there’s the Downtown Riverside RV Park on the banks of the Arkansas River is the best of the bunch out of the few that are scattered about throughout Arkansas’ capital city.

Hot Springs National Park

Hot Springs might be a bit out of the way on your way to Houston. But who can’t say no to a little rest and relaxation? Hot Springs became a popular tourist destination because its warm springs were believed to have healing powers. If you are looking to spend the day at what might be a natural spa, Hot Springs is where it’s at.

There’s a lot of RV parks in and around Hot Springs. You should plan accordingly based on your needs and preferences. Be sure that there are power hookups if you need them. Amenities will be entirely up to you. But if we had to choose one, Young’s Lakeshore RV Park might be a good place to set up and call it a night before your final stretch.

Davy Crockett National Forest

If you love hiking, walking, biking, or even ATV riding then you’ll feel right at home here at the Davy Crockett National Forest. The forest covers 160,000 of Texas land that is situated between the cities of Lufkin and Crockett. If you love the outdoors, this is one of the best places in the country to spend as much of it outside as you can.

There are about two dozen RV parks located within the forest. Plenty of space and it’s all surrounded by beautiful scenery. There is no better place to rest before you log in the final miles towards Houston.

Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park

Want to spend the day having fun with the kids? Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park in Humble, Texas might be a good place to stop. Jump around on trampolines, play dodgeball, and battle on the balance beams. There is never a shortage of any fun when you are here. If you are willing to bring out the inner child in you, why not do it here?

You can spend the day and roll into Houston later that same day if you are up to the task. You’re actually not that far.


Houston, we’ve made it! Now that you are here, now it’s time to check out the city itself. You can catch an Astros game when baseball season is in full-swing or watch the Texans play during football season. If sports aren’t your thing, you still have plenty of places to check out. The Johnson Space Center has a museum where you can check out plenty of exhibits and take part in some hands-on activities.

There are a lot of RV parks in Houston and the options are plenty. If there is one that we recommend, the Lakeview RV Resort is probably your best bet since you’ll get full-hookups and even complimentary cable. They do have WiFi if you have a streaming device as well. Either way, you can use it all to your advantage.

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