Peoria to Lexington Road Trip Guide


There is nothing like getting out in the world and spending a weekend away with your family. The memories that you make on family trips can last a lifetime, and by taking an RV road trip you have the option of precisely planning out where to go, or you can follow your heart and stop wherever feels best.

Starting your next RV getaway in Peoria will allow you to visit multiple cities, natural attractions, and oddities during your next RV road trip, but the city itself is also worth checking out. The city is located on the banks of the Illinois River and is known for having diverse museums and outdoor destinations that are suitable for the whole family.

Starting a trip in Peoria gives you a wide range of route options, including heading southeast to Lexington. Along the way, you have so many great attractions since the route will take you along the I-74, I-65, and finally the I-64. You will wish you had more time left on your trip once you hit the road due to how many areas there are to explore and things to see and do.

Finishing your trip in Lexington will put the cherry on top of an epic trip. In Lexington, you can learn a lot about horses since the city is very well known for breeding and racing. You can also visit the first home of Mary Todd and enjoy some great outdoor areas. No matter what time of the year that you choose to take this trip, the campgrounds in and around the city will always be open, which is a huge bonus.

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Road trip length: 2-3 days
Recommend rig: motorhome
audience: family

Point of Interest

Caterpillar Visitors Center

If you are looking for a great activity to entertain the little ones before heading out and hitting the road than you must pay a visit to the Caterpillar Visitors Center that is located in Peoria. Open from Monday to Saturday, the visitors center and museum will be a lasting memory for your kids since they will get to experience all things to do with heavy machinery.

The main attraction within the Caterpillar Visitors Center is the virtual Cat 797F Mining Truck ride where you can experience what it's like to be behind the wheel of a vehicle that is two and a half stories high. Other attractions include testing your skills on a simulator, designing a Cat machine of your own, and getting to sit in a massive tractor.

When deciding where to spend the first night of your trip most of the campgrounds in Peoria are located on the eastern side of Peoria Lake. Staying at the Carl Spindler Campground gives you the chance to enjoy camping by the lakeside in a city-operated campground, so it is a fantastic choice.

Eagle Creek Park

Travel 200 miles southeast of Peoria and you will arrive in Indiana's largest city, Indianapolis. The city is known for being host to the Indy 500, but did you know that it also contains one of the largest municipal parks in the country?

Consisting of 3,900 acres and featuring a further 1,300 acres in the Eagle Creek Reservoir, Eagle Creek Park has plenty on offer for families looking to have some fun in the sun. It is incredible that a park this large can only be a few minutes from a major downtown metropolis, but this is the reality with Eagle Creek Park.

Some of the most popular things to do at the park revolve around outdoor recreation, including fishing, boating, and swimming in the reservoir, along with hiking and wildlife viewing off the water. Feeling adventurous? The park also has the option to go zip lining so thrills are easy to find here.

There is no camping allowed in Eagle Creek Park, but the nearby Clermont Lions Club Park is a top-rated campground in the area where you can enjoy the luxury of electrical hookups.

Belle of Louisville

Louisville has plenty of attractions, but it's not often that you get to go for a ride on a classic steamboat. The Belle of Louisville is the oldest steamboat in the Mississippi style that still operates, and during your RV road trip you have the chance to hop on board and see the sights of Lousiville from a unique view.

This beautiful boat is owned and operated by the City of Louisville and has been navigating the Ohio River for over 100 years. In present-day, there are various river cruises that you and your family can take during your time in the city before reaching the end of your RV road trip, including a sightseeing cruise, a picnic lunch or brunch on the boat, and take to the waters at night for a dinner cruise. There is enough room for 650 guests at a time on this piece of local history, so if you are thinking of going on a cruise you can book in advance to ensure that you and the family will be able to do so.

Getting out and enjoying the surrounding areas of Lousiville is something to consider when visiting the city, and staying at the Louisville South KOA Holiday will allow you to do it in style.


It will only be a short drive from Louisville to the final destination on this memorable road trip, which means that you will have a lot of time to take in what Lexington has to offer.

If any of the kids are fans of horses, Lexington might be their favorite-ever destination. The city is widely known for being one of the homes of horse racing in the United States, and because of this, there are plenty of horse-themes attractions, including the Kentucky Horse Park and multiple horse farm tours.

Lexington also features plenty of outdoor attractions if more exploring is what is on the menu for your day in the city. You will only be a short drive from the Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, Fort Boonesborough State Park, and the State Botanical Garden of Kentucky.

Food options are plentiful too, but if you are looking for something different consider grabbing a bite to eat at the speakeasy Carson's Food & Drink where you can enjoy some classic pub grub.

When it comes to campgrounds within the city limits the Kentucky Horsepark Campground is the place to stay. Featuring a resort-like atmosphere, the campground is full service and also has a swimming pool where you can start dreaming of your next RV getaway.

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