In case you can come earlier or stay longer, Peoria is a great little town.

It will be the perfect time of year to go to the apple farms!

Christ Orchard and  Tanners Orchard.

There are sundry parks and hiking trails;  a few malls and shopping.

There is a Zoo (new lion cubs and a baby giraffe),  a Children’s Museum  and a Botanical Garden in the heart of the city.

Grandview Drive is a famous overlook of the Illinois River.
We have a Museum and the Caterpillar Visitor Center on the Riverfront.

We have a nice contemporary arts center.

A little distance from Peoria, we have historical sites of two presidents:
Ronald Regan in Eureka @ Eureka College approximately 45 minutes away and Abraham Lincoln sites in Springfield approximately 1.5 hours away.

For resturants, more hotels, maps, etc. and a bunch of other information about Peoria, this is a resonably comprehensive website.

We hope you have a great time while you’re here!

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Other tidbits to note about peoria:

–Peoria is the oldest community in Illinois. Abraham lincoln came to visit, too.

— The famous phrase “Will It Play In Peoria” is widely believed to have been first coined by Groucho Marx. The phrase “Will it play in Peoria” started during the Vaudeville era. The belief was that if a new show was successful in Peoria, it would work anywhere.

— When Teddy Roosevelt visited Peoria in the early 1900s, they took him to see Grandview Drive. Actually, they took him to see the unnamed road, and then he named it that, saying it was the “world’s most beautiful drive,” and that it had a “grandview.”

— Peoria is the world headquarters of Caterpillar. They make tractors, etc. They own their own color (CAT yellow), have an internal bank to loan out money to small countries who need tractors, and send their interns to etiquette class. Their presence here, while generally wonderful, also puts peoria onto the top-15-places-to-get-bombed-in-the-USA-first, if it comes to that, though it hasn’t yet.