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Decatur , Illinois is located in the center of the state in Macon County along the Sangamon River and Lake Decatur. As of the 2000 census, the population was 81,500. Originally called "The Pride of the Prairie," Decatur's motto is now "The Soybean Capital of the World." It's a historic city of tree-lined streets and restored Victorian homes along with a revitalized downtown area. The city has experienced some "commercial sprawl" over the years with new housing developments in the surrounding areas. However, Decatur has retained its original small-town feel and was awarded the "All American City Award" in 1960. A popular symbol of the town is Transfer House, an early-twentieth-century Victorian structure located originally in the center of town where the citys mass transit lines met. The Transfer House was moved in 1963 to save it from destruction as roads were being built for the increasing automobile traffic. Decatur is also known as the first home of Abraham Lincoln, who settled just west of Decatur in 1830. A popular local restaurant, the Lincoln Square Lounge, is built on the site where Lincoln gave a speech to the people of Decatur while campaigning for President. The town also celebrates Lincoln's heritage with an annual festival called Shadows of Lincoln.

Surrounding areas: Springfield, Illinois (38.0 mi)

Decatur Vacation Rentals

Decatur Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
America's Best Value Inn450 E Pershing RdDecatur, IL (217) 877-7255
Baymont Inn-decatur5100 Hickory PT Frontage RdDecatur, IL (217) 875-5800
Country Inn & Suites5150 Hickory Pt Frontage RdDecatur, IL (217) 872-2402
Days Inn333 N Wyckles RdDecatur, IL (217) 422-5900
Decatur Conference Center & Hotel4191 US 36 WDecatur, IL (217) 422-8800
Green Valley Motel145 W Pershing RdDecatur, IL (217) 877-3123
Hawthorn Suites LTD2270 S MT Zion RdDecatur, IL (217) 864-9311
Holiday Inn Express5170 Wingate DrDecatur, IL (217) 875-5500
In Town Motel1013 E Eldorado StDecatur, IL (217) 422-9080
Lakeview Motel16 S Country Club RdDecatur, IL (217) 428-4677
Ramada LTD355 E Hickory PT RdDecatur, IL (217) 876-8011
Red Carpet Inn Decatur3035 N Water StDecatur, IL (217) 877-3380
Sandy's Motel1675 E Pershing RdDecatur, IL (217) 877-1387
Sleep Inn3920 E Hospitality LnDecatur, IL (217) 872-7700
Soy City Motel1828 E Eldorado StDecatur, IL (217) 428-8624
Super 8 Motel Decatur3141 N Water StDecatur, IL (217) 877-8888
Tri-Manor Motel3420 N 22ND StDecatur, IL (217) 877-6900
Hampton Inn1429 Hickory Point DrForsyth, IL4.5 mi.(217) 877-5577
Comfort Inn134 Barnett AveForsyth, IL4.7 mi.(217) 875-1166
Fairfield Inn By Marriott Forsyth1417 Hickory PT RdForsyth, IL5.7 mi.(217) 875-3337
Macon Motel800 S Wall StMacon, IL10.9 mi.(217) 764-3800
Wheel Inn MotelRR 1Lovington, IL18.6 mi.(217) 677-2231
Days Inn ClintonClinton, IL21.0 mi.(217) 935-4140
Foster's Plaza & InnRt 105 NMonticello, IL22.7 mi.(217) 762-9835
Best Western Monticello Gateway Inn805 Iron Horse PlMonticello, IL24.2 mi.(217) 762-9436
Gateway Inn SullivanRt 32 SSullivan, IL24.6 mi.(217) 728-4314
Eagle Creek ResortEagle CRK State ParkFindlay, IL24.7 mi.(217) 756-3456
Arthurs Country Inn785 E Columbia StArthur, IL26.8 mi.(217) 543-3321
29 West Motel709 Springfield RdTaylorville, IL28.0 mi.(217) 824-2216
Ryan's Inn400 Nabe's WayTaylorville, IL28.4 mi.(217) 287-7211
Gas Light Motel1420 W Spresser StTaylorville, IL28.8 mi.(217) 824-4941

Decatur Weather & Climate

Central Illinois has a humid, continental climate with four clearly defined seasons. Winter is cold and snowy, although not as cold as the northwest corner of the state. Frigid air masses that move down from Canada can bring bitterly cold temperatures to the region. Heavy snowfall and even blizzards are not uncommon in winter. Summer, on the other hand, is hot and humid, with July being the hottest month of the year. Violent thunderstorms are possible March through June, sometimes producing hail and strong winds. The state of Illinois is also vulnerable to tornadoes. Autumn is generally the calmest time of the year in the state, with sunny warm days and cool nights.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 34°F 17°F 2.05 in. -
February 40°F 22°F 1.95 in. -
March 52°F 31°F 3.20 in. -
April 65°F 41°F 3.58 in. -
May 76°F 51°F 4.47 in. -
June 84°F 60°F 3.90 in. -
July 87°F 64°F 4.54 in. -
August 85°F 62°F 4.14 in. -
September 79°F 54°F 2.98 in. -
October 67°F 43°F 2.74 in. -
November 52°F 33°F 3.32 in. -
December 39°F 22°F 2.87 in. -

Decatur Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Decatur airport (DEC) located about 3 miles southeast of Decatur, the Univ Of Illinois Willard airport (CMI) located approximately 37 miles east of Decatur in Champaign / Urbana, Illinois, the Central Illinois Regional airport (BMI) located roughly 43 miles north of Decatur in Bloomington Normal, Illinois, and finally the Greater Peoria Regional airport (PIA) located around 68 miles northwest of Decatur in Peoria, Illinois.

Decatur Attractions

Water Parks
Caribbean Water AdventureSpringfieldIL37.8 mi.
Fairview Family Aquatic CenterNormalIL45.9 mi.
Raging Rivers Water ParkGraftonIL100.5 mi.
Golf Courses
Faries Park Golf CourseDecaturIL 
Nelson Park Golf CourseDecaturIL 
Scovill Golf ClubDecaturIL 
Stevens Creek Golf CourseDecaturIL 
Wildwood Golf CourseDecaturIL 
Hickory Point Golf CourseForsythIL5.0 mi.
Moweaqua Golf CourseMoweaquaIL16.5 mi.
Sullivan Country ClubSullivanIL25.3 mi.
Timberlake Golf CourseSullivanIL25.3 mi.
Lake Shore Golf CourseTaylorvilleIL28.6 mi.
State Parks
Spitler Woods State ParkIL7.2 mi. 
Lincoln Trail Homestead State ParkIL9.5 mi. 
Weldon Springs State ParkIL18.6 mi. 
Eagle Creek State ParkIL28.5 mi. 
Wolf Creek State ParkIL29.6 mi. 
Railsplitter State ParkIL30.1 mi. 
Sangchris Lake State ParkIL31.7 mi. 
Illinois Amish Interpretive CenterArcolaIL35.3 mi.(History)
Johnny Gruelle Raggedy Ann and Andy MuseumArcolaIL35.3 mi.(History)
Early American MuseumMahometIL36.8 mi.(History)
Illinois State MuseumSpringfieldIL37.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Krannert Art MuseumChampaignIL40.9 mi.(Art)
Octave Chanute Aerospace MuseumRantoulIL51.9 mi.(Technology)
Zoos and Aquariums
Henson Robinson ZooSpringfieldIL37.8 mi.
Miller Park ZooBloomingtonIL43.9 mi.
Glen Oak ZooPeoriaIL67.7 mi.
St. Louis Zoological ParkSt. LouisMO108.3 mi.

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