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Rockford Vacation Packages

Science museums, an arboretum, historic concert halls and a Japanese garden make Rockford an interesting and fun-packed destination in northern Illinois.

Rockford is the “City of Gardens,” a destination of public parks, outdoor recreation, museums and live music venues. The city spreads across the Rock River in northern Illinois. Settled in 1834, Rockford became popular with 20th-century European immigrants, who left their mark on the city’s architecture.

Start your visit at the Riverfront Museum Park on the west bank of the river. This cultural center is home to a museum, galleries and performing arts venues. Have fun with over 250 interactive science exhibits at the Discovery Center Museum. Explore the night sky and the solar system at the museum’s planetarium. Spot North American art from the 1800s to the present day at the Rockford Art Museum

Enjoy classical and contemporary musical performances at the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. Watch ballet performances, such as the Nutcracker and Alice in Wonderland, at the Rockford Dance Company. Visit the Burpee Museum of National History to see ancient fossils and indigenous artifacts such as canoes and wigwams. Don’t miss the skeleton of a juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex, which lay buried for over 60 million years.

Spend time exploring the independent boutiques and galleries of downtown Rockford. Take a behind-the-scenes tour or watch live music and comedy shows at Coronado Performing Arts Center. Previous performers include Frank Sinatra and the Marx Brothers. Join a riverboat cruise to experience an alternative view of the city’s architecture. 

Rockford is also famous for its parks and nature. Stroll around the manicured lawns, ornamental lagoon and greenhouses of Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens. Study the picturesque teahouses and gardens at Anderson Japanese Gardens. Go to Rock Cut State Park for year-round activities such as camping, fishing, sailing, hiking and cross-country skiing. Gaze up at tall trees and spot exotic plants at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden.

Rockford is less than a 2-hour drive from Chicago, Madison and Milwaukee and connected by intercity bus services. Getting around downtown Rockford is possible on foot although driving a car is the best way to reach attractions outside the city center.

Accommodation options in Rockford are known to be a bit sparse. Before you leave, explore the range on Expedia's easy-to-use Rockford lodging guide.

Rockford accommodation options include the Cliffbreakers Riverside Hotel & Conference Center and Rockford Alpine Inn and Suites.


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$60
Baymont Inn and Suites DeKalb

Baymont Inn and Suites DeKalb

1314 W Lincoln Highway, DeKalb
2.4
of 5, from 31 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in DeKalb, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Huskie Stadium and Northern Illinois University. River Heights Golf Course and Ellwood House Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$58
Red Roof Inn Rockford

Red Roof Inn Rockford

7434 East State Street, Rockford
3.7
of 5, from 275 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Rockford, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of CoCo Key Water Resort, Weis Morris DaySpa Salon, and Elliot Park Skate Park. Earl F. Elliott Park & Golf Course - 18 Hole and Midway Village & Museum Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$79
Cliffbreakers Riverside Hotel & Conference Center

Cliffbreakers Riverside Hotel & Conference Center

700 W Riverside Blvd, Rockford
3.4
of 5, from 208 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Anderson Japanese Gardens and within 6 mi (10 km) of La Paloma Gardens and Jefferson Street Bridge. Coronado Performing Arts Center and Coronado Theatre are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$60
Days Inn Rockford

Days Inn Rockford

220 S Lyford Rd, Rockford
3.2
of 5, from 156 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Rockford, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of CoCo Key Water Resort and Elliot Park Skate Park. Earl F. Elliott Park & Golf Course - 18 Hole and Weis Morris DaySpa Salon are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$49
Motel 6 Rockford

Motel 6 Rockford

7712 Potawatomi Trail, Rockford
1.9
of 5, from 95 reviews
1.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Rockford, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of CoCo Key Water Resort, Weis Morris DaySpa Salon, and Elliot Park Skate Park. Earl F. Elliott Park & Golf Course - 18 Hole and Midway Village & Museum Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$70
Baymont Inn & Suites Rockford

Baymont Inn & Suites Rockford

662 N Lyford Rd, Rockford
3.6
of 5, from 237 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of CoCo Key Water Resort, Elliot Park Skate Park, and Earl F. Elliott Park & Golf Course - 18 Hole. Weis Morris DaySpa Salon and Midway Village & Museum Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$85
Extended Stay America - Rockford - I-90

Extended Stay America - Rockford - I-90

653 Clark Rd, Rockford
3.5
of 5, from 92 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of CoCo Key Water Resort, Midway Village & Museum Center, and Elliot Park Skate Park. Weis Morris DaySpa Salon and Earl F. Elliott Park & Golf Course - 18 Hole are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$89
La Quinta Inn & Suites Rockford

La Quinta Inn & Suites Rockford

7401 Walton St, Rockford
3.0
of 5, from 45 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Rockford, this inn is within 1 mi (2 km) of CoCo Key Water Resort and Weis Morris DaySpa Salon. Elliot Park Skate Park and Earl F. Elliott Park & Golf Course - 18 Hole are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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