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Visit Illinois' Twin Cities at Bloomington-Normal

Situated in the heart of central Illinois, the upbeat cities of Bloomington and Normal have been intertwined throughout much of their histories. Together, each city is home to a major university: Illinois State University in Normal and Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington. These lovely cities are collectively referred to as the Twin Cities, and they're located along what used to be Route 66. There's plenty of heritage to be found here, and from the David Davis Mansion to the Children's Discovery Museum, visitors could spend several days exploring indoors, before venturing out into the best of Illinois wine country, or biking the Constitution Trail through the cities.

Things to see

Children's Discovery Museum

With a clock tower, agricultural exhibits, science displays and a wide range of fun, hands-on activities, the Children's Discovery Museum in Normal is a terrific place to take the kids. Everything is arranged over three floors, and it's easy to spend a good few hours there.

Miller Park Zoo

What the Miller Park Zoo lacks in size it more than makes up for in quality. This charming little zoo, which is located in Bloomington, is compact enough to be suitable for families with tiny tots in tow. A surprisingly eclectic array of animals call the zoo home, including tortoises, river otters, monkeys and bald eagles.

David Davis Mansion

Also known as Clover Lawn, this ornate estate was built in 1872. The residence of Supreme Court justice and state senator David Davis, it has served as a museum since 1960. The grounds include Sarah's Garden, modeled after classical Italian and English gardens from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Lakes near Bloomington-Normal

Just north of Bloomington-Normal, you can plunge back into nature with activities like boating, fishing and hiking in and around the two manmade lakes. Lake Bloomington and Evergreen Lake come to life in the spring and become a magnet for weekenders and those from out-of-town through Labor Day.

Ewing Manor and Illinois Shakespeare Festival

Since 1978, this popular Shakespeare festival has been held on the grounds of Ewing Manor in Bloomington. It's held from late June through the middle of August, and offers some of the finest performances of Shakespeare in the US. The lovingly recreated Globe stage and open-air amphitheater alone are well worth a visit.

Traveling to Bloomington-Normal

From the north and south, you can get to the city via Interstate 39, Interstate 74 or Interstate 55, if you have your own wheels. From the east or west, Interstate 55, which follows the course of old Route 66, is the best option, as well as having the best bragging rights.

Flying into the area? Your best bet will be Central Illinois Regional Airport (CIRA) in Bloomington. The airport offers regular service to and from Detroit, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Chicago and Dallas with less frequent service to Denver and Orlando. Service to and from additional cities is available at Greater Peoria Regional Airport, which is about 45 miles away.

Amtrak offers service to and from Chicago and St. Louis for those who prefer to travel by train. Bus travelers can take their pick from Greyhound and MegaBus, which both operate terminals in the area.

Climate

The climate of Bloomington-Normal doesn't tend to be too extreme. However, summer temperatures can average in the mid-80s, and humidity can be consistently high. Winters are generally cold but without much snow disruption. Throughout the year, the region receives an average of 37 inches of rainfall, so you can expect fairly dry conditions whenever you visit.

Best time to stay

There isn't really an off-season to speak of so Bloomington-Normal hotels' rates tend to be fairly consistent throughout the year. You can expect to pay a nightly rate of anywhere from $60 to around $150. If you're visiting the area to enjoy outdoor activities, late spring is a great time to visit. Fall brings cooler temperatures but a fiery landscape because of the changing leaves.

Recently booked Bloomington-Normal hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Bloomington
Bloomington
8 hours ago 3 stars $47
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington
Bloomington
10 hours ago 3 stars $99
Chateau Hotel and Conference Center
Normal
11 hours ago 2 stars $59
Baymont Inn & Suites Bloomington 19 hours ago 2 stars $71
Days Inn Bloomington Normal
Bloomington
19 hours ago 2 stars $50
La Quinta Inn Bloomington - Normal
Bloomington
21 hours ago 3 stars $49
Extended Stay America - Bloomington - Normal
Bloomington
2 days ago 2 stars $69
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites BLOOMINGTON-AIRPORT 2 days ago 3 stars $93
Holiday Inn Express BLOOMINGTON WEST
Bloomington
3 days ago 3 stars $90
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Bloomington
Bloomington
3 days ago 3 stars $75

Recently Rated Bloomington-Normal Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Bloomington
Bloomington
3.9 / 5
137 reviews
3 stars $47
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Bloomington Normal Airport, IL
3.9 / 5
39 reviews
3 stars $75
La Quinta Inn Bloomington - Normal
Bloomington
3.1 / 5
34 reviews
3 stars $49
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Bloomington
Bloomington
4.3 / 5
21 reviews
3 stars $75
Baymont Inn & Suites Bloomington
3.4 / 5
26 reviews
2 stars $71
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Bloomington-Normal West, IL
Bloomington
3.6 / 5
20 reviews
3 stars $75
Hampton Inn Bloomington West
Bloomington
4.1 / 5
18 reviews
4 stars $99
Red Roof Inn Bloomington
Bloomington
2.6 / 5
33 reviews
2 stars $44
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington
Bloomington
3.9 / 5
14 reviews
3 stars $99
Eastland Suites Hotel and Conf
3.5 / 5
13 reviews
2 stars $84

Bloomington-Normal hotels

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Featured Bloomington-Normal Hotels

From $47

1 Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Bloomington

3 stars
3.9 / 5 137 reviews

1 Lyon Court Map

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Whether you are traveling to Bloomington for business or pleasure, this Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Bloomington, IL lodging makes your stay comfortable and easy. Just off Interstate 55 and... More

nice room for the price.
Breakfast not so good. Sausage tasted like it had freezer burn, could not eat it. very small selection of items. rest of hotel was very nice, pool was great. A lot of outside road noise.
Sep 17, 2014
From $49

2 La Quinta Inn Bloomington - Normal

3 stars
3.1 / 5 34 reviews

505 Brock Drive Map

The main goal and aim of our staff is to provide exceptionally great service to all our dear guests. La Quinta Inn Bloomington - Normal hotel in Bloomington, Illinois is your ""home away from... More

Stay away!
This was probably the worst experience I've had with a hotel. First of all, when we arrived, there was what appeared to be dried blood on our sheets and someone's leftover food was still in the...
Sep 8, 2014
From $44

3 Red Roof Inn Bloomington

2 stars
2.6 / 5 33 reviews

1905 W. Market St. Map

Clean, comfortable, efficient and a great value, Red Roof Bloomington is conveniently located on I55 and I-74, exit 160, on Bloomingtons west side. Red Roof Bloomington is close to Illinois State... More

Needed overnight Stay
staff was nice but hotel had qute a few insects in and out of the room.
Jul 16, 2014
From $50

4 Ramada Limited Bloomington

2 stars
3.1 / 5 31 reviews

919 Maple Hill Rd Map

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Conveniently located off Interstates 55 and 74, this Ramada Limited Bloomington hotel is near the Childrens Discovery Museum, the National Historic Landmark the David Davis Mansion, golfing at The... More

Decent for the Price
We had a very nice stay here. The only problem that we incurred was that the internet signal is nil once you leave the lobby area. We had to sit in the lobby to use our laptops. Other than that the...
Apr 29, 2013
From $99

5 Hampton Inn Bloomington West

4 stars
4.1 / 5 18 reviews

906 Maple Hill Road Map

Free On The HouseT hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

where imaginations blossom...welcome to the Hampton Inn Bloomington-West.Those who love art, the outdoors and culture will adore Bloomington. After all, at the Hampton Inn® hotel in... More

SUPER
Room was clean, bed cloth very clean. Friendly staff. Great breakfast selection. Was very pleased overall!!!
Jul 21, 2014
From $50

6 Days Inn Bloomington Normal

2 stars
2.9 / 5 26 reviews

1707 West Market Street Map

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Welcome to the Days Inn of Bloomington-Normal. We are a Chairmans Award Winning Property and we are conveniently located off of Interstate I-55/I-74 /I-39. We offer an Indoor Heated Pool and Spa,... More

Not much to complain about
The front desk worker was very pleasant, and I found that the room was pretty comfortable. Negatives include a hair already on the toilet when I got there and a clanky air conditioner. But all in...
Sep 24, 2013
From $75

7 Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Bloomington-Normal West, IL

3 stars
3.6 / 5 20 reviews

923 MAPLE HILL ROAD Map

All guest rooms offer complimentary wireless High Speed Internet access, hairdryer, iron and ironing board,in room coffeemaker, and Direct TV with 4 HBO Channels television. All guest rooms also... More

Very nice room
The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The room was comfortable and clean. I would definitely stay here again.
Aug 1, 2014
From $89

8 Comfort Suites Bloomington

2 stars
4.0 / 5 9 reviews

908 Maple Hill Rd. Map

New 2008 all-suite hotel offering oversized rooms with microwaves, refrigerators, hair dryers, irons, ironing boards and coffee makers. Business travelers will appreciate the high-speed Internet... More

Golf Tournament in Bloomington
Room was clean, breakfast was good and bed was extremely comfortable. The gentleman at the front desk and the breakfast attendant were very helpful and friendly. Would definitely stay there again.
Jun 12, 2014
From $65

9 Econo Lodge Bloomington

2 stars
2.3 / 5 3 reviews

403 Brock Dr Map

Airport 4 miles. Train, bus and Zoo 1 mile. Illinois Wesleyan University 2.5 miles. ISU 4 miles. David Davis Mansion and Diamond Star 2 miles. State Farm 5 miles. Eastland Mall 3 miles. Must have 1... More

Not a great place
TV was old and Snowy. Internet didn't work. Office closed about 4PM and you had to go to the Hotel next Door to do your Business. Advertised breakfast was also at the other Motel.
Jun 1, 2014
From $65

10 Quality Inn & Suites

2 stars
2.5 / 5 8 reviews

401 Brock Dr. Map

Easy interstate access, minutes from Bloomington's restaurants, businesses, entertainment, and shopping districts. All rooms have FREE high speed internet access. Indoor pool, hot tub, sauna and... More

smelly
the room smelled, ice machine was out of order, the room & hotel was dirty, not filthy but dirty, fitness room was too small. at best, it was a $50.00 anight hotel, not $100.00
Oct 14, 2013
From $75

11 Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Bloomington Normal Airport, IL

3 stars
3.9 / 5 39 reviews

2403 E EMPIRE ST Map

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-All non-smoking property -Complimentary wireless high speed Internet access in all rooms -Complimentary hot breakfast buffet -24 hour Nautilus fitness center -24 hour business center -Indoor... More

Opening Day IUS Football
Very good, the breakfast is always out of food, no fresh fruit cut, no bagels, pastrys are stale, but besides that our stay was great. We had to move rooms on our first night due to a guest next to...
Sep 9, 2014
From $71

12 Baymont Inn & Suites Bloomington

2 stars
3.4 / 5 26 reviews

604 And A Half IAA Drive Map

Stay 3, Save 20%

Conveniently located off Interstate 55, this Baymont Inn and Suites Bloomington is near Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Central Illinois Regional Airport, David Davis... More

Quick getwawy to visit friends
Room was clean but small, bathroom especially. The breakfast area was very small were the food was at and made it difficult to get around when there was a lot of people present especially if some...
Aug 12, 2014
From $69

13 Extended Stay America - Bloomington - Normal

2 stars
3.3 / 5 35 reviews

1805 South Veterans Pkwy Map

At Extended Stay America, only 4 miles from Bloomington, guests find a friendly home away from home whether they stay a day, a week or a month. Fully equipped kitchens in each of our 101 spacious... More

enjoyed my stay
Very nice hotel except the beds could have been a little softer
Apr 5, 2014
From $99

14 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington

3 stars
3.9 / 5 14 reviews

10 Brickyard Drive Map

Signature chocolate chip cookie at check-in

Welcome to our DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington. Located just minutes away from area corporations and some of the best golf courses in Illinois, our Bloomington hotel offers close proximity... More

Loved this trip!
This hotel made our 30th anniversary trip so special. The staff was so kind, the room was immaculate. Perfect location and lots of space.
Jul 14, 2014
From $93

15 Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites BLOOMINGTON-AIRPORT

3 stars
3.7 / 5 10 reviews

3202 East Empire Street Map

Holiday Inn Hotel in Bloomington, IL Features a Contemporary Setting With a fresh, modern appearance and a convenient location near the Central Illinois Regional Airport (CIRA), our Holiday Inn... More

Very Nice!
As soon as I walked in I knew it was going to be a good experience. The front lobby had a beautiful smell and the lady working the front desk was very polite from the time I walked in. When we...
Mar 3, 2014
From $75

16 Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Bloomington

3 stars
4.3 / 5 21 reviews

1014 Wylie Drive Map

Enjoy 3 nights for the price of 2 + Breakfast

We are conveniently located 4 miles from Illinois State University and 3 miles from Illinois Wesleyan University. We are a short drive away from all of the Bloomington State Farm Insurance offices... More

Football Weekend
Nice overnight stay after the Illinois State Football game.
Sep 8, 2014
From $90

17 Holiday Inn Express BLOOMINGTON WEST

3 stars
3.7 / 5 10 reviews

1031 Wylie Drive Map

Our Bloomington West, IL hotel provides quiet in a busy city. The Holiday Inn Express Bloomington West is located off 1-55 and 1-74. Our comfortable Bloomington, IL lodgings are conveniently... More

Look and smells like new!
Nice location for a visit to ISU; close but not too close! Either this hotel is new or was recently redone as things looked good and the beds/bedding were awesome for this price range. Breakfast...
Nov 12, 2013
From $46

18 Super 8 Bloomington

2 stars
2.9 / 5 26 reviews

818 IAA Dr Map

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The Super 8 Bloomington, IL is located just off Veterans Parkway in the center of restaurants, malls and dozens of retail locations all within walking distance. We are within three miles of the... More

Better Than Expected
We were unable to stay at the hotels we usually stay at because of it being a busy weekend in the area. Although this hotel wasn't nearly as nice as some of the others we typically stay at, it also...
Oct 30, 2013
From $70

19 Quality Inn & Suites

2 stars
2.8 / 5 8 reviews

1803 East Empire St. Map

Conveniently located in the heart of Bloomington, the Quality Inn & Suites East is perfect for the business or leisure traveler. In 2006 the hotel was totally renovated with new furniture, carpet,... More

Excellent Location Super Friendly Staff
Great location. Will stay here again. Appreciated the breakfast. Only problem was people in next room smoking in non-smoking room. The smoke smells permeated our room and hallway.
Apr 19, 2013
From $59

20 Chateau Hotel and Conference Center

2 stars
3.8 / 5 11 reviews

1601 Jumer Drive Map

The Hotel is famous for authentic charm of Europe in the Midwest. Every detail of the decor and appointments work together to create an atmosphere that will make your stay an experience you will... More

wonderful
Hotel was great. We were there for the summer games for special Olympics. Pool was a nice size, kids enjoyed it. Room was great for the 2 of us. Everything was conveniently located to the hotel....
Jun 16, 2014