Quiet your mind and follow your feet as you meander down a wooded path in Belleville, Illinois. In this tranquil town just 17 miles outside the metropolitan hub of St. Louis, you’ll be reminded of the simple pleasures in life: the gurgling of a stream, the crunch of gravel under your boots, and warm sunshine on your skin. Henry David Thoreau once proclaimed, “Heaven is under our feet, as well as over our heads,” and you’ll surely agree when you step outside one of the hotels in Belleville, IL into the lush parks scattered throughout the town.
Rid yourself of the idea of itineraries; for as with life, Belleville is best experienced when you are your own guide. A stroll down the city’s tree-lined Main Street evokes the slower, soothing pace of Midwestern life. Barbecue restaurants will beckon you with the smell of tangy, slow-cooked brisket or pulled pork. With the nearby historic district’s quaint brick cottages and Victorian houses, the area is one of the best for Belleville hotels. You also might find yourself lured to the nearby Eckert’s Belleville Farm by the scent of freshly baked apple pies wafting through the air, or the delectable farm-to-table fare.
If you feel the pull of the road, choose from one of our car rentals in Belleville, IL and make your way along the Great River Road, a tangle of routes running along the illustrious Mississippi River to destinations unknown. Acres of placid wetlands and forests stretch before you and seem to quell rushing thoughts at once – this is heaven, after all, echoes Thoreau’s words.
Close your eyes and rely on nothing more than blind fingertips on a well-worn map to choose your next destination. Travelocity’s affordable deals on Belleville, IL hotels or some of the best hotels in St. Louis will get you there. Next stop? Wherever the river takes you.