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Crystal Lake is just 50 miles northwest of Chicago and in close proximity to several major highways and interstates. When you book an RV in Crystal Lake, you won’t need to worry about traffic as you can take a day trip to Chicago with the commuter rail line for easy, hassle-free access. Crystal Lake’s motto “A Good Place to Live”, sums up the city well. In spite of its expansion and modern city amenities, it has managed to retain its small-town charm. With a thriving downtown area and its popular Route 14 Corridor, Crystal Lake has everything you’ll need to make your vacation a success when you rent an RV.
With a park district that boasts over 1,500 acres of parks and open space alongside the popular Three Oaks Recreation Area for swimming, hiking, and diving, don’t forget to set some time aside to explore the wider area in your Crystal Lake luxury RV rental.
The Great Outdoors
There are plenty of parks and outdoor recreational areas to visit in your Crystal Lake motorhome rental. One of the must-visits in the area is Starved Rock State Park, just under a two-hour drive away. Voted a top attraction in Illinois, this park is famous for its waterfalls, hiking trails, fishing, boating, wildlife, and stunning scenery.
Crystal Lake itself is home to many local parks, such as Veteran Acres Park, Sterne’s Woods and Fen and the Common’s Athletic Park, and the whole area is dotted with picturesque lakes. Just a few minutes north in neighboring McHenry, you’ll find Moraine Hills State Park. The park consists of 2,200 acres, half of which is wetlands and lakes. Lake Defiance is one of the few near-natural, undeveloped glacial lakes in the area. There are also plenty of activities, including boat rentals from the McHenry Dam concession stand. Try geocaching, metal detecting, hunting, fishing, biking, or in winter, cross-country skiing.
For a change of scenery take your Crystal Lake RV rental over to Lake Michigan and visit the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. With its 15 miles of shoreline to explore and a varied landscape of pine woods, prairies, rivers, and forests, enjoy a hike or summer swimming. Camping, fishing, biking and beach walks are all popular activities. Check before you travel as there are often special events, such as adventure festivals that enable you to discover new activities. Another popular shoreside park, just an hour’s drive away in your Crystal Lake camper rental, is Illinois Beach State Park. It’s a unique and beautiful setting in which you can enjoy stunning scenery and wildlife. It is the last remaining beach ridge shoreline left in Illinois and home to a huge variety of rare wildlife and plants. There are plenty of areas for picnics, fishing, camping, and boating, and the park also has many hiking trails.
With such scenic surroundings, it will be no surprise that you’ll have plenty of choices when it comes to parking your motorhome rental near Crystal Lake. Half an hour’s drive south to Elgin is the Paul Wolff Campground with its improved vehicle campsites featuring 50-amp service with partial hookups. Each site is capable of accommodating a 50-foot motorhome. The campground is located within the Burnidge Forest Preserve, so you will have plenty of opportunities to make the most of the great outdoors. There are nine miles of hiking trails and well-stocked fishing ponds in this 600-acre preserve.
If you prefer more amenities throughout your stay, take a 20-minute drive west to Chicago Northwest KOA, where you can enjoy long pull-through sites, full hookups, deluxe patio sites, prairie view sites and grounds with mature trees. Just minutes away from local restaurants, you can also relax on site near the pool, enjoy a round of mini-golf or rent a bike.
Exploring the City
Before you head off to explore the area in your RV rental near Crystal Lake be sure to check out the city itself. Crystal Lake has a bustling downtown that features many local boutique shops and eateries. The main thoroughfare has most major retailers and some independent stores, so whatever you need to make your RV vacation a success, you’re sure to find it here. Crystal Lake has a great diverse culinary scene and whether you’re looking for a night out to remember or a cheap and cheerful dinner, you won’t be disappointed.
One of the city’s main attractions is its Three Oaks Recreation Center, where you can swim, scuba dive, fish or rent a boat, as well as spend time relaxing outdoors. Explore downtown, and if you’re lucky you may catch one of the city’s popular events and parades which are organized throughout the year. Art lovers should be sure to visit the Raue Center for the Arts on North Williams Street; this beautifully converted movie theater offers Broadway productions, poetry readings and musical events. Colonel Palmer House should also be on your must-see list. This restored home of one of Crystal Lake’s first founders is a popular local history museum. Winter-time visitors should definitely head to the park district for winter skating. If you’re visiting at another time of year, Crystal Ice House offers indoor ice skating whatever the weather.
Book your RV rental in Crystal Lake city today for a relaxed vacation and an ideal opportunity to explore the entire region.
RV Rentals in Crystal Lake, IL
Crystal Lake, IL is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.
There are many popular rentals in Crystal Lake. Outdoorsy's Crystal Lake RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.
RV and Motorhome Rentals Nearby
Nearby to Crystal Lake are a number of National, State and Local parks. Travelers can easily rent RVs and motorhomes near Starved Rock State Park, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Effigy Mounds National Monument, Devil's Lake State Park, and Turkey Run State Park.
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Local Hiking Trails
|Lover's Leap Overlook Trail||Oglesby||Illinois|
|Cowles Bog Trail||Chesterton||Indiana|
|Palos Orange Trail||Willow Springs||Illinois|
|Dells Canyon and Bluff Trail||Oglesby||Illinois|
|Waterfall Glen Trail||Willowbrook||Illinois|
|Starved Rock and Sandstone Point Overlook Trail||Oglesby||Illinois|
|Lake Katherine Trail||Palos Heights||Illinois|
|Cap Sauers and Swallow Cliff Loop Trail||Palos Park||Illinois|
|John Muir Blue Loop Trail||La Grange||Wisconsin|
|Saw Wee Kee Trail||Yorkville||Illinois|