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The University of Illinois is located in the charming city of Champaign, just two hours south of Chicago. The bustling academic life here is matched by a lively artistic scene, with live music, a performing arts center, and a collection of terrific museums, including the acclaimed Krannert Art Museum. With the sprawling college campus, you also get a variety of sports venues. Watch the Fighting Illini play basketball for the classic Champaign experience.
Rent a car through Orbitz to explore the town of Champaign and to head into the wider county. A network of serene parks makes this a county that rewards the explorer.
Champaign sits in the middle of a triangle between three major cities, each one of the largest cities in their state. Use your rental car in Champaign to visit some of the Midwest’s biggest attractions.
The Windy City is one of the most exciting urban destinations in the US, a marvelous metropolis packed with museums and sights. Head up the Willis Tower for views of the city from above, watching as boats drift along the river into Lake Michigan. Among the city’s many must-see sights are the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum, and the fairground on Navy Pier.
Journey time: Around 2 hours 10 minutes
Distance: Approximately 130 miles
Indiana’s capital lies in the exact center of the state, and promises culture and cars in equal measure. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a big draw, as the home of the Indy 500 brings in motoring fans from around the world. The city also offers a vast art museum, state parks in the city center, and a popular zoo that’s sure to delight younger visitors.
Journey time: Around two hours
Distance: Approximately 125 miles
Cross over the Mississippi River into Missouri, and your first destination could be the exciting city of St. Louis. The 'Gateway to the West' is marked with a literal gateway, a 625-foot arch that stands on the banks of the river. Don’t miss the City Museum, a vast, multifaceted attraction with caves to crawl through and cranes to climb, all made from reclaimed materials.
Journey time: Around 2 hours 45 minutes
Distance: Approximately 170 miles