The university city of Champaign lies off the beaten track in the heart of Illinois. The city is spread around the campus it shares with sister city Urbana, and is an art and cultural hot spot, making it a great vacation destination away from the usual tourist hordes. Book a stay in a Champaign hotel and get to know one of America's undiscovered gems.
The Krannert Art Museum houses a large collection of sculptures, ceramics, and other artifacts from all over the world, including Egypt, Greece, and China. For some more-recent culture, visit the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, where you can listen to archived music from the past hundred years. The Orpheum Children's Science Museum contains interactive exhibits designed for kids, but fun for everyone. If you want to enjoy some fresh air, there are several lovely parks in town, including Hessel Park and West Side Park. Most hotels in Champaign are within walking distance of these attractions, and of Campustown, a great place to spend your evening.
The biggest concentration of eating and drinking establishments is found in Campustown, the district around the University of Illinois. There's a variety of dining options, from Mexican and Asian, to American classics, such as steak or deep-dish pizza pie, made famous in nearby Chicago. Wash your meal down with a coffee, beer, or even a glass of champagne in one of the bars in Champaign. Campustown has a student vibe; for an older crowd, try Walnut Street or Neil Street in the downtown area, where most of the cheap hotels in Champaign are also located.
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