The first stop on your Elgin vacation must be to the Grand Victoria Casino. Set on the Fox River, this riverboat casino with its slots and dealer-run tables makes for an exciting excursion—plus it has terrific views and abundant food. If you're more the outdoor type, consider hiking through Bluff Spring Fen. There's nothing like walking by flowing streams and mighty oaks to bring a new perspective. Hotels in Elgin are also quite close to the Elgin History Museum. The museum lives inside the 1856 "Old Main" building, and hosts collections on the cultural history of the area. Take a walk down to the Riverside Drive Promenade, or consider trying a Historic Homes Ghost Hunt tour.
Recurring Festivals and Events
Speaking of historic homes, if you book one of the Elgin vacation packages for September, you can join in on the Annual Historic Elgin House Tour. The interior tours are guided, and every year a different historic neighborhood is featured. It's fantastic not only for history buffs, but for anyone who loves architecture, gardens, and art. August brings the Annual International Festival (iFEST) which celebrates all the different cultural elements that makes up Elgin. Ethnic cuisine, a world market, world music, and kids' games make for some serious fun in the city. And just south of Elgin is the huge Scandinavian Day Festival held in Vasa Park each fall.
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