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Discover Champaign, IL

Champaign, Illinois is centrally located a few hours south of Chicago, and a few hours west of Indianapolis in Indiana. This exciting little city was once called West Urbana after the first railway tracks reached the area from nearby Urbana, Illinois. The name of the town would later be changed to Champaign in 1860 when it officially became chartered as a city.

This vibrant community revolves around a buzzing downtown that is hectic in the best possible way. Champaign is an important hub both culturally and economically, representing central Illinois in every way. Champaign is located in an area sometimes referred to as the “Silicon Prairie”, a play on Silicon Valley; several tech giants, startups, and Fortune 500 companies call the city home, as do several colleges and universities. The mass transit and public transportation options in Champaign are excellent and make navigating about the metro area as easy as can be. Three different interstates criss-cross through Champaign making it a fantastic place to rent an RV, with tons of things to explore with your Champaign RV rental by owner.

When you book an RV in Champaign, you’ll have numerous opportunities to soak up the local culture, catch some minor league baseball or basketball games, see some historic buildings and neighborhoods, and much more.

Experience the Sites and Scenery

There are some exceptional parks located in Champaign that can be used and enjoyed by all. The Parks Department of Champaign masterfully presides over a series of impressive parks with equally impressive features, like Centennial Park in the heart of the city. Centennial Park is peaceful and benefits from several walking paths, large picnic pavilions, several baseball and soccer fields, and playscapes for kids to climb on. Dodds Park and Heritage Park are conjoined to create one of the largest public recreation spaces in town, with ponds and trickling streams to walk alongside on elegant pathways. Dodds Park even has a disc golf course, several different athletic fields for various sports activities and many acres of open grassy spaces for dog walks or reading a book beneath the midday sun.

Clinton Lake State Recreation is a local favorite popular with residents of the Champaign-Urbana metro area. The recreation area wraps around scenic Clinton Lake where there is a lot to do. Guests to the park like to fish for a variety of fish in the lake in addition to swimming, hiking around the lake, lounging on the beach, or utilizing the marina and boat launch for your personal watercraft. Clinton Lake is also home to a massive campground capable of comfortable housing both you and your Champaign camper rental overnight. Kankakee River State Park to the north is a similarly great place to bring your Champaign motorhome rental with the intention of enjoying the great outdoors while camping. This spectacular park is made up of lots of riverfront acreage alongside the Kankakee River, as well as several islands in the middle of the river itself. Hiking and horseback riding are great ways to tour the park and see the beautiful migratory birds that stop and seek shelter during their winter journeys.

Shawnee National Forest is one of the biggest and best instances of nature in the entire state, so heading there when you book a motorhome rental in Champaign is a no-brainer. If you do find yourself headed to this incredible natural area, you should be comfortable with driving for several hours to the south of Illinois. The park is riddled with scenic geological features perfect for spying the land around you. The “Little Grand Canyon” is one of the most popular features in Shawnee National Forest, despite being nowhere the size as its Arizona counterpart. There are entirely too many waterfalls to possibly mention, so you are better off wandering and seeing how many you can discover yourself.

City Attractions

Champaign is a happening little city with lots going on. An eclectic mix of Mexican food, American barbecue, Italian, Chicago-style pizza, and many other interesting eateries can be seen while walking through the historic downtown, which is full of old buildings like the Cattle Bank Building built in 1858. The Virginia Theatre in Champaign has been operating since 1921, showing movies to packed houses. For the last several years, Virginia Theatre has transitioned back into a center for live performances and theatrical productions. The ornate setting and elegant decoration make you feel right at home while watching one of the many plays and musical performances that happen here.

Krannert Art Museum is a wonderful museum small in size but culturally significant. The museum operates in conjunction with the University of Illinois and is home to several galleries featuring local art, international art, and much more. Spurlock Museum is another great feature in the area, concentrating on potent world cultures from the past, like ancient Rome, Egypt, China, India, and the American Indians of North America. The museum masterfully weaves a story of how people lived in these societies, what they did for fun, and highlighting the similarities they have with modern day people. Champaign County Historical Museum is full of treasures, like important artifacts from the past. The museum is housed in the Cattle Bank Building mentioned before, and the brickwork is absolutely incredible to see up close and personal.

Where to Park It

Visitors to Champaign are often pleasantly surprised to find out that there are several parks and campgrounds in the area, making their Champaign travel trailer rental vacation that much easier to plan for.

D & W Lake Camping and RV Park is a place to start and can accommodate the largest RVs and travel campers in its spacious sites. The picturesque lake is great for fishing, and the park rents out boats for guests to take out and explore the water.

Champaign Sportsman’s Club Campground is located on the outskirts of Champaign and provides all of its guests a tranquil experience with beautiful ambiance and scenery. Prairie Pines Campground has all the usual amenities. This peaceful park on the prairie is relaxing and beautiful. Kickapoo State Recreation Area to the east has two campgrounds that can be used for all types of camping. Visitors to this park pass the time by hunting, fishing, boating, hiking, and mountain biking the many wooded trails that can be found on site.

RV Rentals in Champaign, IL

Champaign, IL is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Champaign. Outdoorsy's Champaign RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

RV and Motorhome Rentals Nearby

Nearby to Champaign are a number of National, State and Local parks. Travelers can easily rent RVs and motorhomes near Starved Rock State Park, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Castlewood State Park, Clifty Falls, and Shawnee National Forest.

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What's around Champaign, IL

Check out local hikes, campgrounds, parks and more!

Local Hiking Trails

Hiking Trail City State
Trail 1 at Turkey Run State Park Marshall Indiana
Lover's Leap Overlook Trail Oglesby Illinois
McCormicks Creek Trail Spencer Indiana
Pine Hills Nature Preserve Trail Waveland Indiana
Starved Rock and Sandstone Point Overlook Trail Oglesby Illinois
Farmdale Recreation Area Trail Washington Illinois
Turkey Run State Park #2 thru #11 Trails Marshall Indiana
Illinois River Bluff Trail Peoria Illinois
Falls Canyon Trail Spencer Indiana
Dells Canyon and Bluff Trail Oglesby Illinois

Nearby Campgrounds

D & W Lake Camping and RV Park

campground Champaign, IL
If you're looking for a campground with great amenities, then get outside and enjoy the weather at D&W Lake Camping and RV Park in Champaign, Illinois. They offer everything that you will need to have a great time with your family. There are plenty of golf courses, swimming pools, tennis courts, and walking paths just a short distance from the park. Outdoor enthusiasts can get back to nature and sleep under the stars or stay in your RV and enjoy camping in comfort and style in one of our many full hook-up RV sites. If you are in the mood to be active, there is a lot of things to do to keep you busy. You can enjoy any one of the many recreational activities at your disposal in the Champaign area, including activities at the University of Illinois, mens and women's softball, golf, youth baseball tournaments, the C-U Marathon, farm and tractor shows and wine tasting just to name a few. Visit the local outdoors or plan an adventure trip.

Weldon Springs State Park

campground Clinton, IL
Weldon Springs State Park is about 20 miles north of Decatur, Illinois. The sites are spacious and rustic but do have electricity. There is a bathroom and showers which are kept clean. This pretty park can accommodate big rigs and also has tent camping. There is a playground for kids, but the big draw of this place is the natural environment. Fish for catfish and bluegill in the lake, or try to find turtles or tree frogs. Bring a kayak and paddle the lake alongside the muskrat, ducks, and geese. Take the 2-mile hike around the lake and marvel at the power of nature and her attempts to take back what is hers. There is an old school house that can be visited at certain times of the year. This park has a feeling of serenity and calm. Spend the peaceful evening around your campfire and listen to the stillness of the great outdoors. Clinton, Illinois is right nearby if you need supplies or want to have a restaurant meal.

Tom and Carol's RV Park

campground Cerro Gordo, IL
Tom and Carol?s RV Park is a small RV Park that provides a relaxed, low-key environment. It offers 6 total RV sites and can accommodate RVs up to 40 ft. The facilities include 50 amp service, full hook-ups, back ins, dump station, laundry facility, bathhouse, and community/game room. Weekly and monthly rates available. Pets are welcome. They Park offers a rural setting in Cerro Gordo, IL. They are located 12 miles from Decatur and 31 miles from Champaign. Bloomington, Peoria, and the Quad Cities are only a couple hours away as well. The bottom line is that you can enjoy a peaceful and cozy RV Park and still be nearby plenty of shopping, dining, and other activities. If you are looking for a small RV Park in this ;part of central Illinois, Tom and Carol?s RV Park is a perfect choice. They will make you feel right at home.

Children's Discovery Museum

attraction Normal, IL
It is sometimes challenging to keep kids entertained on the road. If you are visiting Normal, Illinois, you should consider paying a visit to the Children?s Discovery Museum. They provide a creative and interactive environment that is educational as well as entertaining. Their goal is to inspire kids by providing hands-on exhibits, classes, and programs that actively engage the visitor in experiences that stimulate imagination, curiosity, and wonder. Throughout its history the Children?s Discovery Museum has operated under various names at different locations in the Bloomington-Normal area but has always remained true to its mission of providing youth and their families with hands-on play experiences that promote learning and growth. The organization was first founded in 1988 as the McLean County Children?s Discovery Museum. Responding to a need in the community, the museum founders spent six years planning for the museum finally opening the doors to the public on March 27, 1994, showcasing innovative, hands-on exhibits dealing with arts, sciences and communications.

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