Illinois is simply incredible. This mostly flat plains state in the Midwest is also home to Chicago, one of the biggest cities in USA. The state’s diverse landscape presents an awesome sight with rolling farmlands and hilly, forested river valleys. Book cheap flights to Illinois with FlyOfinder and visit a state which offers opportunity to explore its three culturally distinct regions.
The most diverse Northern Illinois is home to some of the largest cities such as Chicago, Elgin, Naperville, Rockford and Aurora. Its proximity to Lake Michigan has benefited this are the most. Numerous tourism opportunities abound in areas like Chicagoland, the Chain O Lakes and Galena Driftless Zone. The seat of state government is in Central Illinois, which is also home to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Major cities here include Decatur, Quincy, Springfield, Bloomington-Normal, Peoria and Urbana-Champaign.
Central Illinois also played a significant role in shaping the U.S. history. Southern Illinois is in stark contrast to other regions of the state. It is more culturally inclined to the neighboring Missouri and Kentucky states, and is often considered to be part of the Upland South. Major cities here include Mount Vernon, Marion, Carbondale and portions of Metro-East.
Here are some of the top cities to be explored in Illinois. These include Springfield (capital city of the State of Illinois), Peoria (a classic Midwestern "Everytown"), Nauvoo (home to the oldest winery in the state), Joliet (popular for casinos and the state's most infamous prison), Galena (beautiful historical town along the Mississippi River), Chicago (third-largest city in the USA and the largest city in the Midwest), Champaign-Urbana (home of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the largest university in the state), Carbondale (home to Southern Illinois University), and Bloomington-Normal (home to the grave site of Adlai Stevenson, the Illinois State University and the Illinois Weslyan University).
Illinois offers plenty of sightseeing opportunities to the tourists. Here are some of the top attractions for you to visit in the state.
Most of the popular attractions are to be found in Chicago. These include Sears Tower, The University of Chicago, Museum of Science and Industry, The Shedd Aquarium, The Adler Planetarium, The Field Museum, Navy Pier, Chicago Children's Museum, The Magnificent Mile, John Hancock Center, The Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park.
Illinois experiences widely varying climate because of its mid-continental placement. A humid continental climate prevails in most parts of Illinois with usually cold winters and hot, humid summers. The southernmost part of the State of Illinois experiences a humid subtropical climate with more moderate winters. These areas having this type of climate include Carbondale and St. Louis. Around 50 days of thunderstorm on average occurs in the State of Illinois every year. Tornadoes also take place at least 54 days per year on average.
Here are some interesting facts you need to know about Illinois. These are the following: ● The Central Plains region covers about 90% of Illinois. The gently rolling fertile plains were formed and leveled by glaciers during the Ice Age ● Before Springfield became the capital of Illinois, the state had two capital cities, namely Kaskaskia and Vandalia ● Illinois became the first state in the United States to ratify the 13th Amendment to the Constitution in 1865 which abolished slavery ● Illinois is known for its varied types of weather, which includes excessive heat and cold waves, deadly tornadoes and major winter storms ● There are more units of government in Illinois than any other state of USA (such as, city, county, township, etc.). These number over 6,000.
The flight distance from Florida to Illinois is 1,540 km or 957 miles. The flight duration is of around 2 hours 25 minutes. You can take flights from Florida to Midamerica Airport Illinois.
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