Rockford, located in the northern part of the state near the Wisconsin border, is one of the state’s largest cities outside of Chicago. Rockford has the appeal of a small town while also offering the cultural and natural attractions of a larger community. I started my trip through Illinois in this town, because one of my best friends parents live there.
Rockford is a city in Winnebago County, Illinois, in the state’s far northwestern corner. Germanicus Kent, Thatcher Blake, and Lewis Lemon, who came from Galena and founded themselves on the west side of the Rock River, and Daniel Shaw Haight, who established himself on the east bank, were the first to settle in Rockford in 1834-1835.
Set on both sides of the Rock River in northern Illinois, Rockford is a beautiful historic town. Although the history of Rockford is mostly agricultural, the city is known to preserve and promote the arts. Many museums, houses, and gardens, shopping, restaurants, and parks are available. One of the best attractions is the Anderson Japanese Gardens, Burpee Natural History Museum, Lake Peterson House, and the Magic Waters.
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden are better defined as a living museum covering 155 acres, surrounded by magnificent gardens and rich lush foliage of scarce trees and plants. The facilities include a classic butterfly garden and a children's garden.
Come to Kegel Harley-Davidson and see the oldest Harley-Davidson family dealer worldwide, if you are a fan of motorcycles. The Manufacturer here has been honored with the legendary motorcycles.
Rockford Art Museum
The museum consists of works by many artists, but the focus is on local Illinois works, and if you travel here, three separate galleries will be open throughout the year, with both static and revolving exhibited.
Burpee Museum of Natural History
You must visit the Burpee Museum of Natural History if you want to know more about the Illinois region’s geology. You will enjoy various exhibitions here, including the Diary of a dinosaur exhibit on Jane's life journey, a T-Rex skeleton found in Montana.
Anderson Japanese Gardens
Anderson Japanese Gardens seem to be among the most stunning Japanese gardens in the United States, so make sure that you don't miss the opportunity to visit while you are in town when you like astonishing landscapes. The gardens are 12 hectares of land and there are great amenities including pools full of graceful koi fish and wet waterfalls and manicured gravel gardens. The gardens cover 12 hectares.
The Discovery Center Museum should not skip a visit to Rockford if you are traveling with children. There are more than 250 different exhibits here, intended to educate young visitors about art and science, and this is an attractive museum that will make fun of the entire family.
La Quinta Inn & Suites Rockford is perfect to stay, just minutes from Illinois's two Sportscore Complexes, and is situated just one block from the intersection between Interstate 90 and State Street. WiFi is available free of charge.
15th & Chris, Eggsclusive Cafe, GreenFire Bar & Bakery restaurant, Social Urban Bar & Restaurant, are the best places to dine if you are looking for fine restaurants.
A unique range of shops and specialty stores in Rockford is the perfect place for a shopping experience like before. One of the best shops in Europe is Rockford City Market and CherryVale Mall.
The town of Rockford is full of magnificent outdoor areas, and if you like nature, you won’t be bored during your visit in 2021 to the botanical gardens, nature centers.