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In the center of the American prairie, Native Americans had staked out the region some 12,000 years before Peoria became the first town in Illinois settled by Europeans. Advent of the paddlewheel steamboat brought growth, linking the Illinois River town, just south of its Senachwine Lake source, to Mississippi River commercial traffic previously thwarted by upstream currents. Trains spurred community prosperity as well, and Peoria for many years ranked as the fourth largest regional hub in the U.S. railway system, serving some 15 railroads. Peoria's depot is now a thriving restaurant complex, with excellent dining and live music.
Waters from Peoria Mineral Springs, thought to be over 14,000 years old and still drawing devotees, supported beer and soft drink enterprises in the mid-1800s, as well as what at the time was the nation's largest whiskey producer. The Duryea, often in a three-wheel configuration and sometimes called the Peoria Motor Trap, was once produced in Peoria, and the oldest known, fully restored Peoria-built Duryea is on exhibit at the Peoria Public Library. Other Peoria attractions range from the African American Museum Hall of Fame and the Apollo Fine Arts & Entertainment Center to Apple Blossom Farm and Conclin's Barn II Dinner Theatre.
Both the mid-Victorian Petttengill-Morron House and the American Federalist style Flanagan House on Peoria's east bluff operate as museums and are listed on the National Register for Historic Homes. Forests and streams around Peoria afford hiking, fishing and other water sports, while nurturing agricultural production. Anglers regard the area where Lake Senachwine pours into the Illinois River as the Sauger Capital of the World, especially in autumn when fish are largest and most plentiful, a fact not lost on area restaurateurs often taking advantage of fresh catch and fall harvests. Shoppers flock to Bergner's at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie and to Apache Junction with specialty stores for pottery, flutes, and southwest jewelry. Peoria lodging options range from family owned motels to nationally known hotels.
We have organized our listings of Peoria's local hotel accommodations into several geographic areas and alphabetically. You can begin browsing for hotels in the Greater Peoria area by selecting one of the links shown below.
Hotels located in the greater Peoria area. Peoria Regional Airport (PIA) is located 5 miles west of Peoria.
Hotels located in the Bloomington-Normal area, about 40 miles southeast of Peoria. Bloomington-Normal Airport (BMI) is located 3 miles east of Bloomington.
Hotels located in the communities surrounding Peoria including Pontiac, Pekin, Morton, Macomb and others.
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Hotel options south of Peoria in the Greater Springfield, Illinois area.
Hotels located in and around the Ottawa area including Oglesby, Peru and La Salle.
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Area Facts: Paddlefish, a species older than dinosaurs and the oldest known animal species in North America, has survived to this day and is found only in the Illinois River. The area code for Peoria, Illinois is 309.
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