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Peoria is one of the largest cities in Illinois, located in the north-central portion of the state. Peoria is considered a representation of the average American city because of its demographics and mainstream Midwestern culture. Therefore, Peoria is often used as a test market for new products, services and public policy polling. Peoria is also one of the oldest cities in the Midwest (much older than Chicago.) French explorers came up the Illinois River from the Mississippi in 1680 and built Fort Crevecoeur in the region that is now Peoria. This fort later burned to the ground and in 1813, Fort Clark was built. In 1825, Fort Clark officially became Peoria. Today, Peoria is home to 9,000 acres of parks, five public golf courses and the Glen Oak Zoo. The Peoria Park District was the 2001 Winner of the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Parks and Recreation for Class II Parks. Several fine museums are located in Peoria, including The Lakeview Museum for the Arts and Sciences and the Wheels o Time Museum. The Steamboat Classic, which is the world's largest four-mile (6-km) race, is held every summer in Peoria and draws runners from around the world. The Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, and the Peoria Art Guild and Galleries are host of an Annual Art Fair that is rated as one of the best professional art fairs in the nation. Other attractions in Peoria include the Opera Illinois, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, the Peoria Ballet and several community and professional theaters.

Surrounding areas: Havana, Illinois (38.7 mi)

Peoria Vacation Rentals

Peoria Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Americinn Lodge & Suites9106 N Lindbergh DrPeoria, IL (309) 692-9200
Best Western Mark Twain Hotel225 Ne AdamsPeoria, IL (309) 676-3600
Best Western Signature Inn4112 N BrandywinePeoria, IL (309) 685-2556
Comfort Suites Peoria1812 W War Memorial DrPeoria, IL (309) 688-3800
Courtyard By Marriott4125 N War MemorialPeoria, IL (800) 321-2211
Days Inn Peoria2726 West LKPeoria, IL (309) 688-7000
Extended Stay America4306 N Brandywine DrPeoria, IL (309) 688-3110
Fairfield Inn By Marriott Peoria4203 North War Memorial DrPeoria, IL (309) 686-7600
Grandview Hotel5901 N Prospect AvePeoria, IL (309) 691-6800
Ho Jo Inn Peoria202 Ne Washington StPeoria, IL (309) 676-8961
Holiday Inn Brandywine4400 N Brandywine DrPeoria, IL (309) 686-8000
Holiday Inn City Centre500 Hamilton BlvdPeoria, IL (309) 674-2500
Hotel Pere Marquette501 Main StPeoria, IL (309) 637-6500
Manor Motor Lodge1500 N KnoxvillePeoria, IL (309) 688-4194
Radisson Hotel Peoria117 N Western AvePeoria, IL (309) 673-8040
Red Roof Inn Peoria4031 N War Memorial DrPeoria, IL (309) 685-3911
Residence Inn By Marriott Peoria4201 N War Memorial DrPeoria, IL (309) 681-9000
Sleep Inn & Suites4244 N Brandywine DrPeoria, IL (309) 682-3322
Springhill Suites By Marriott Peoria2701 W Lake AvePeoria, IL (309) 681-2700
Staybridge Suites - Peoria300 W Romeo B Garrett AvePeoria, IL (309) 673-7829
Sunshine Inn2726 W LakePeoria, IL (309) 688-7000
Super 8 Motel Peoria4025 W War Memorial DrPeoria, IL (309) 688-8074
Stoney Creek Inn101 Mariners WayEast Peoria, IL4.9 mi.(309) 694-1300
Hampton Inn East Peoria11 Winners WayEast Peoria, IL5.2 mi.(309) 694-0711
Baymont Inn & Suites East Peoria300 Eastlight CTEast Peoria, IL5.6 mi.(309) 694-4959
Motel 6 East Peoria104 W CP StEast Peoria, IL5.6 mi.(309) 699-7281
Super 8 Motel East Peoria725 Taylor StEast Peoria, IL5.9 mi.(309) 698-8889
Super 8 Motel Washington1884 Washington RdWashington, IL9.1 mi.(309) 444-8881
Best Western Ashland House201 Ashland AveMorton, IL11.2 mi.(309) 263-5116
Quality Inn115 E AshlandMorton, IL11.3 mi.(309) 266-8310
Travelodge101 E AshlandMorton, IL11.3 mi.(309) 266-1600
Comfort Inn210 E AshlandMorton, IL11.4 mi.(809) 266-8888
Comfort Inn Pekin3240 Vandever AvePekin, IL12.3 mi.(309) 353-4047
Super 8 Motel Chillicothe615 S 4TH StChillicothe, IL13.3 mi.(309) 274-2568
Pines MotelRR 1Lacon, IL22.0 mi.(309) 246-2595
Super 8 Motel Canton2110 N Main StCanton, IL25.8 mi.(309) 647-1888
Henry Harbor Inn208 Cromwell DrHenry, IL28.7 mi.(309) 364-2365

Peoria Weather & Climate

Central Illinois has a humid, continental climate with four clearly defined seasons. Winter is cold and snowy, although not as cold as the northwest corner of the state. Frigid air masses that move down from Canada can bring bitterly cold temperatures to the region. Heavy snowfall is common in winter and occasionally blizzards can occur. January is usually the coldest month. Summer, by contrast, is hot and humid, with July being the hottest month of the year. Violent thunderstorms are possible March through June, sometimes producing hail and strong winds. The state of Illinois is also vulnerable to tornadoes. Autumn is generally the calmest time of the year in the state, with sunny warm days and cool nights. Spring comes slowly to central Illinois and weather is variable with a mix of cool temperatures, rain and sunshine.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 30°F 14°F 1.50 in. -
February 36°F 19°F 1.67 in. -
March 49°F 30°F 2.83 in. -
April 62°F 40°F 3.56 in. -
May 73°F 50°F 4.17 in. -
June 82°F 60°F 3.84 in. -
July 85°F 64°F 4.02 in. -
August 83°F 62°F 3.16 in. -
September 76°F 54°F 3.12 in. -
October 64°F 42°F 2.77 in. -
November 48°F 31°F 2.99 in. -
December 35°F 20°F 2.40 in. -

Peoria Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Greater Peoria Regional airport (PIA) located about 7 miles southwest of Peoria, the Central Illinois Regional airport (BMI) located approximately 40 miles southeast of Peoria in Bloomington Normal, Illinois, the Capital airport (SPI) located roughly 62 miles south of Peoria in Springfield, Illinois, and finally the Quad City International airport (MLI) located around 67 miles northwest of Peoria in Moline, Illinois.

Peoria Attractions

Water Parks
Fairview Family Aquatic CenterNormalIL36.1 mi.
Caribbean Water AdventureSpringfieldIL65.1 mi.
Wacky WatersDavenportIA73.8 mi.
Magic WatersCherry ValleyIL108.5 mi.
Racing Rapids Action ParkEast DundeeIL116.5 mi.
Golf Courses
Detweiller Golf CoursePeoriaIL 
Kellogg Golf CoursePeoriaIL 
Leo Donovan Golf CoursePeoriaIL 
Madison Golf CoursePeoriaIL 
Newman Golf CoursePeoriaIL 
WeaverRidge Golf ClubPeoriaIL 
Fon du Lac Golf CourseEast PeoriaIL6.0 mi.
Coyote Creek Golf ClubBartonvilleIL6.8 mi.
Pine Lakes Country ClubWashingtonIL9.2 mi.
Hillcrest Golf CenterWashingtonIL11.4 mi.
Quail Meadows Golf CourseWashingtonIL11.4 mi.
Parkview Golf CoursePekinIL12.2 mi.
Lick Creek Golf CoursePekinIL12.8 mi.
Kaufman Park Golf CourseEurekaIL17.9 mi.
Snag Creek Golf CourseWashburnIL20.3 mi.
Green River Country ClubWalnutIL22.1 mi.
Fairlakes Golf CourseSecorIL25.1 mi.
Bluegrass Creek Golf CourseMinierIL26.8 mi.
Oak Run Public Golf CourseDahindaIL28.4 mi.
Crooked Knee Golf CourseHenryIL28.7 mi.
Hunter Country ClubRichmondIL29.6 mi.
Ski Areas
Ski SnowstarTaylor RidgeIL70.8 mi.
State Parks
Fort Creve Coeur State ParkIL7.2 mi. 
Jubilee College State ParkIL10.0 mi. 
Spring Lake State ParkIL22.5 mi. 
Dickson Mounds State ParkIL37.8 mi. 
Lakeview Museum of Arts & SciencesPeoriaIL(Multidisciplinary)
Zoos and Aquariums
Glen Oak ZooPeoriaIL 
Miller Park ZooBloomingtonIL37.0 mi.
Henson Robinson ZooSpringfieldIL65.1 mi.
Brookfield ZooBrookfieldIL117.9 mi.

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