Lansing, Illinois, is just 7 miles south of Chicago, but its parks and surrounding forest preserves make you feel as if you're far from the big city. This is an ideal destination for anyone who loves to spend time outdoors, as opportunities for outdoor recreation amid beautiful lake and woodland scenery are abundant. If hiking, biking, fishing, cross-country skiing, and spotting native wildlife appeal to you and your family, book cheap hotels in Lansing and get ready to explore.
Lansing's park district operates 23 community parks, and also the Pennsy Greenway, a bike trail that's park of the 475-mile Grand Illinois Trail. Another great trail accessible from Lansing is the Burnham Greenway Trail System, a 7.8-mile route following a former railroad all the way to Chicago. Local wilderness areas include Lansing Woods, which is especially scenic when the leaves change colors in the fall; and Lampum Lake Woods, with 4,800 feet of shoreline for angling and opportunities for ice fishing in winter. Two adjacent nature preserves—Thornton-Lansing Road and Jurgenson Woods—feature landscapes of oak woodlands, prairies, and marshes, and both include marked trails. With Lansing car rentals, you'll have easy access to all of Cook County's forest preserves, which offer free guided hikes and wildlife talks throughout the year. If you need a break from the outdoors, take a trip to Lansing Square Shopping Center or the Landings Shopping Center. With great hotel deals near Lansing, you'll enough money left over to indulge in some "retail therapy."
When you stay in hotels near Lansing, there are many restaurant options. Most of them are casual, with both chain and independent restaurants offering homestyle comfort food, fast food, and a variety of international cuisines. You'll find the most dining options along Torrence Avenue, Lansing's main north-south thoroughfare, and along the east-west route, Ridge Road. If you crave more food choices, head to Chicago for the night. Travelocity will help you find exclusive Chicago hotel deals when you download the Travelocity mobile app to your smartphone.