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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.

RV Parks

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.

What's around Crystal Lake, IL

Check out local hikes, campgrounds, parks and more!

Local Hiking Trails

Hiking Trail City State
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

Nearby Campgrounds

Lord's Park

attraction Elgin, IL
Lord's Park in Elgin, Illinois is a connection to history. The park has playgrounds, a swimming pool, a zoo, picnic areas, and a pavilion dating back to the 1800s. The park was the site for concerts and events in the 1800s, and the zoo dates back just as long. The bison are a connection to this history of the land. They used to roam freely in the tens of thousands over what is now Illinois. While few remain, it is nice to see that there are still some bison or buffalo still living here. The park provides tennis courts and soccer fields to play on, and picnic tables to sit and watch or enjoy your lunch. The park is a pleasant green space in the city, with a history going back centuries. Spend time in this park, and you will be doing exactly what generations of people have been enjoying doing, on this spot, in Elgin.

Illinois Beach State Park

campground None, IL
Illinois Beach State Park just north of Waukegan, Illinois, is a campground with spacious sites! This state park has some dog-friendly hiking trails, and plenty of other walking and biking trails. The long beach areas on Lake Michigan have some sandy areas, and some areas perfect for rock collectors. Many of the rocks have crystals in them and are very smooth from the constant action of the waves. Most campsites have some shade, the washrooms are functional and shower houses have great water pressure. There is a hotel with a restaurant, so you can still eat if you don't feel like cooking. The sites are asphalt and there is a dumping station. The park is very close to the town of Zion, as well as not far from Waukegan, so you are never far from grocery stores or services, even though it may not feel like it as you listen to the waves lapping and the crickets chirping.

Wonder Works Children's Museum

attraction Oak Park, IL
At Wonder Works Children's Museum, children have the opportunity to participate in dozens of different hands-on activities, including painting, building, acting and much more. Encourage your child to expand their imagination, develop creativity and interact with others in a safe, exciting setting.

Fish Lake Beach Camping Resort

campground Volo, IL
Family owned and operated, Fish Lake Beach Camping Resort has served families, from near and far, with wholesome fun for over seven decades. They take great pleasure in doing everything possible to create a carefree, comfortable and fun experience for your family. Fish Lake Beach has been operating for over 77 years. We have Overnight Camping for short getaways and Seasonal Camping for those that wish to come and go all throughout the entire season. Whichever you choose, camping with Fish Lake Beach includes admission to our beach, heated swimming pool, playground, amenities and activities. The activity schedule is different every week; published Friday afternoon on the Activities page of this website and printed form in our Concessions office. The Overnight Camping season runs May 1st ? Oct. 15th. and our Seasonal Camping plans allow you to rent a site at Fish Lake Beach from mid-April through Oct. 15th. They have many repeat Overnight campers that stay with them every year as a family tradition and Seasonal campers that consider Fish Lake Beach their ?home away from home?. They are easy to find-conveniently located on US Route 12, north of US Route 120.

Emerald Trails Campground

campground Oak Park, IL
Emerald Trails Campground is a beautiful, relaxing outdoor paradise. A beautiful lake at the center of the campground is fully stocked with fish, and is visited by geese, swan and ducks, creating a perfect ambiance to unwind from your daily life. Enjoy swimming in the swimming pond, shooting some hoops on the court or racking a game of pool.

Blackwell Family Campground

campground Warrenville, IL
If you are planning to explore Des Plaines in Illinois, the Blackwell Family Campground is the best and most convenient place to stay. It is in Wheaton, Illinois, and is just 20 miles away from Des Plaines. It is located in Blackwell Forest Preserve, a beautiful area with woods and a 62-acre lake called Silver Lake. You get electric hookup here, nice restrooms and showers, and a fire range and picnic table at each site. All of the 64 sites have shade and privacy. While staying here, you get the opportunity to use the forest's facilities. There are more than six miles of turf and limestone trails where you can hike, bike, ride a horse, and in the winter, cross-country ski. The trail around the McKee Marsh Area has two observational decks, from where you can watch birds and other wildlife. You can bring your own boat to the lake, as long as it's under 20 feet, or you can rent a rowboat, canoe, or kayak. If you enjoy fishing, you can take part in your favorite sport here on the lake. Bluegill, catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, northern pike, and rainbow trout can be caught. There are also two ponds where you can fish as well. In addition, there are plenty of picnic sites. The one downside to this campground is that it's only open on weekends, except for holiday weeks when it's open for the entire week.

Birthplace of Ernest Hemingway

attraction Oak Park, IL
The birthplace of Ernest Hemingway is a beautiful, restored home that has been converted into a museum. Come learn about Ernest Hemingway, the Nobel Prize winning author who was born in 1899, by visiting the home in which he spent his early life.

River Bend Nature Center

attraction Racine, WI
Visit the River Bend Nature Center during your visit to Racine, Wisconsin. Rent a canoe or kayak and take yourself on an adventure on the Root River. Your lifejacket and paddle are included with the rental, so you really don't need any equipment of your own. Hike or walk the trails to get a sense of the grandeur of the woods, the river, and nature itself. The Nature Center frequently runs programs for kids, and offers pancake breakfasts on Sundays in March where they serve their very own maple syrup. Plenty of geocaches are hidden around the trail system, so bring your GPS and play along! This beautiful site has served as the backdrop for many weddings and photo shoots. Release your inner Robin Hood by taking an archery class, or sign up for a beginner wood carving course. Be sure to check their calendar for one of the special events offered throughout the year. The River Bend Nature Center will provide the setting for a wonderful day exploring the riverside.

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