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Rockford is located in the extreme north-central portion of Illinois, situated on both banks of the Rock River. It is the third largest city in the state, with a population of around 155,000 people. Rockford has something for everyone, whether you like the arts and culture or outdoor activities. Often referred to as "The Forest City" Rockford is also becoming known as "The Garden City," due to its many numerous, beautiful gardens. The Anderson Japanese Gardens consists of a formal Japanese garden and a contemporary Garden of Reflection. Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden is a 150-acre garden that offers both native plants and species from around the world. The Sinnissippi Gardens & Greenhouse is planted each year with thousands of annuals and even has a working floral clock. In the fall, the greenhouse is filled with over 4,000 mums. Other outdoor attractions in Rockford include Rock Cut State Park, the Pecatonica Prairie Path & Bike Trail, and Severson Dells Nature Center. In addition, the Rockford Park District offers 176 parks encompassing over 4,500 acres for recreational activities. Rockford offers museums, including the Burpee Museum of Natural History, the Discovery Center Museum and the Ethnic Heritage Museum. Rockford is also home to a very active arts scene that includes several galleries, the ArtScene gallery walk in April and October, the Greenwich Village Art Fair and the Rockford Art Museum.

Surrounding areas: DeKalb, Illinois (28.4 mi), McHenry, Illinois (39.7 mi)

Rockford Vacation Rentals

Rockford Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Airport Budget Inn Of Rockford4419 11TH StRockford, IL (815) 397-4000
Baymont Inn-rockford662 N Luford RdRockford, IL (815) 229-8200
Best Western Clock Tower Resort & Conf CTR7801 E State StRockford, IL (815) 398-6000
Best Western Colonial Inn4850 E State StRockford, IL (815) 398-5050
Candlewood Suites7555 Walton StRockford, IL (815) 229-9300
Cliffbreakers Comfort Suites700 W Riverside BlvdRockford, IL (815) 282-3033
Comfort Inn7392 Argus DrRockford, IL (815) 398-7061
Courtyard Inn By Marriott7676 E State StRockford, IL (815) 397-6222
Exel Inn Rockford220 S Lyford RdRockford, IL (815) 332-4915
Extended Stay America653 Clark DrRockford, IL (815) 226-8969
Flying Saucer Motel2004 11TH StRockford, IL (815) 963-0417
Gold Star Motel7885 W State StRockford, IL (815) 968-0631
Hampton Inn615 Clark DrRockford, IL (815) 229-0404
Hilton Garden Inn Rockford7675 Walton StRockford, IL (815) 229-3322
Holiday Inn Rockford7550 E State StRockford, IL (815) 398-2200
Howard Johnson Hotel3909 11TH StRockford, IL (815) 397-9000
Motel 6 Of Rockford3851 11TH StRockford, IL (815) 398-6080
Motel 67712 Potawatomi TrlRockford, IL (815) 397-8000
New Mill Motel6766 11TH StRockford, IL (815) 874-2461
Paramount Motel733 E State StRockford, IL (815) 961-9345
Pump Handle Inn2620 11TH StRockford, IL (815) 398-4740
Quality Suites7401 Walton StRockford, IL (815) 227-1300
Ramada Plaza Hotel Suites/Rockford Conf Ctr200 S Bell School RdRockford, IL (815) 226-2100
Red Roof Inn Of Rockford7434 E State StRockford, IL (815) 398-9750
Residence Inn By Marriott Rockford7542 Colosseum DrRockford, IL (815) 227-0013
Rustic Motel7159 W State StRockford, IL (815) 968-7528
Sixpenny Inn4205 11TH StRockford, IL (815) 398-0066
Sleep Inn725 Clark DrRockford, IL (815) 398-8900
Studioplus747 N Bell School RdRockford, IL (815) 397-8316
Super 8 Motel Rockford7646 Colosseum DrRockford, IL (815) 229-5522
Sweden House Lodge4605 E State StRockford, IL (815) 398-4130
Town And Country Motel4422 11TH StRockford, IL (815) 226-0345
Traveler Motel7125 W State StRockford, IL (815) 964-7005
Village Lodge4404 E State StRockford, IL (815) 399-1890
Days Inn/Suites-Loves Park/Rockford4313 Bellschool RdLoves Park, IL3.5 mi.(815) 282-9300
Clayton House Motel4800 N 2ND StLoves Park, IL3.9 mi.(815) 877-1401
Park Motel4702 N Second StLoves Park, IL3.9 mi.(815) 877-1434
Village Inn Motel7820 N 2ND StMachesney Park, IL4.7 mi.(815) 633-3453
Days Inn & Suites Rockford/Loves Park4313 Bell School RdLoves Park, IL6.1 mi.(815) 282-9300
Cambridge Inn1605 N State StBelvidere, IL10.5 mi.(815) 544-7111

Rockford Weather & Climate

Northern Illinois has four clearly defined seasons with very warm summers and cold winters. July is usually the hottest month and January is the coldest. In winter, cold air masses from Canada bring bitterly cold temperatures to the region. The area is prone to snowstorms and blizzards are frequent winter occurrences. The area averages 36 inches of snowfall in a normal winter, but greater amounts are possible. Northern Illinois also experiences violent thunderstorms during the months of March, April, May and June. Other severe weather events, such as hail and strong winds are common in these storms. Flooding in the region can also be a problem. Autumn is often the best time of year in northern Illinois with sunny, mild days and cool nights that are perfect for fall color tours and other activities.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 27°F 10°F 1.41 in. -
February 33°F 16°F 1.34 in. -
March 45°F 26°F 2.39 in. -
April 59°F 36°F 3.62 in. -
May 71°F 47°F 4.03 in. -
June 79°F 57°F 4.80 in. -
July 83°F 62°F 4.10 in. -
August 80°F 60°F 4.21 in. -
September 73°F 51°F 3.47 in. -
October 61°F 40°F 2.57 in. -
November 45°F 29°F 2.63 in. -
December 32°F 16°F 2.06 in. -

Rockford Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Greater Rockford airport (RFD) located about 5 miles southwest of Rockford, the Du Page airport (DPA) located approximately 48 miles southeast of Rockford in Chicago / West Chicago, Illinois, Dane County Regional Truax Field (MSN) located roughly 61 miles north of Rockford in Madison, Wisconsin, and finally the Chicago Ohare International airport (ORD) located around 62 miles southeast of Rockford in Chicago, Illinois.

Rockford Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
DinorexCrystal LakeIL38.3 mi.
Santa's VillageDundeeIL41.0 mi.
DinorexArlington HeightsIL56.8 mi.
Six Flags Great AmericaGurneeIL59.8 mi.
DinorexAddisonIL59.8 mi.
Enchanted CastleLombardIL60.5 mi.
Safari LandVilla ParkIL61.0 mi.
Little A-Merrick-AMarshallWI62.1 mi.
KiddielandMelrose ParkIL66.9 mi.
JeepersHarwood HeightsIL67.7 mi.
Haunted TrailsBurbankIL75.6 mi.
House of KicksChicagoIL78.1 mi.
Water Parks
Magic WatersCherry ValleyIL6.3 mi.
Racing Rapids Action ParkEast DundeeIL42.2 mi.
Wacky WatersDavenportIA93.4 mi.
Family Land Water Amusement ParkWisconsin DellsWI100.5 mi.
Noah's Ark Family ParkWisconsin DellsWI100.5 mi.
Riverview WaterworldWisconsin DellsWI100.5 mi.
Golf Courses
Aldeen Golf ClubRockfordIL 
Atwood Homestead Golf CourseRockfordIL 
Elliot Golf CourseRockfordIL 
Ingersoll Memorial Golf CourseRockfordIL 
Sandy Hollow Golf CourseRockfordIL 
Sinnissippi Park Golf ClubRockfordIL 
Ledges Golf ClubRoscoeIL10.3 mi.
Joe Louis The Champ Golf ClubRiverdaleIL10.7 mi.
SwanhillsBelvidereIL11.4 mi.
Macktown Golf CourseRocktonIL12.5 mi.
Red Barn Golf CourseRocktonIL12.5 mi.
Victorian Golf CourseRocktonIL12.5 mi.
PrairieView Golf CourseByronIL14.1 mi.
KruegerHaskell Golf CourseBeloitWI16.0 mi.
Turtle Greens Golf CourseBeloitWI16.0 mi.
Beaver Creek Golf CourseCapronIL18.5 mi.
Silver Ridge Golf ClubOregonIL22.5 mi.
Oak Club of GenoaGenoaIL22.8 mi.
Marengo Ridge Golf & Country ClubMarengoIL23.8 mi.
Sunset Golf CourseMount MorrisIL24.1 mi.
Oak Grove Golf CourseHarvardIL25.4 mi.
Plum Tree National Golf ClubHarvardIL25.4 mi.
Prairie Woods Golf CourseAvalonWI27.0 mi.
Carthage Golf CourseCarthageIL27.9 mi.
Sycamore Golf ClubSycamoreIL28.0 mi.
Decatur Lake Country ClubBrodheadWI28.3 mi.
Cecelias Golf CourseJanesvilleWI28.5 mi.
Park Hills Golf ClubFreeportIL28.5 mi.
Spring Valley Golf CourseSpring ValleyWI28.9 mi.
Ski Areas
Chestnut Mountain ResortGalenaIL70.5 mi.
SunburstKewaskumWI96.3 mi.
Christmas Mountain VillageWisconsin DellsWI100.5 mi.
Ski SnowstarTaylor RidgeIL102.7 mi.
State Parks
Rock Cut State ParkIL7.3 mi. 
Lowden State ParkIL21.1 mi. 
White Pines Forest State ParkIL28.0 mi. 
Franklin Creek State ParkIL32.7 mi. 
Big Foot Beach State ParkWI38.5 mi. 
Tinker Swiss Cottage MuseumRockfordIL(History)
Milton House Museum Historic SiteMiltonWI35.5 mi.(History)
Garfield Farm and Inn MuseumSt. CharlesIL45.8 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Henry Vilas ZooMadisonWI58.1 mi.
Brookfield ZooBrookfieldIL69.4 mi.
Racine Zoological GardensRacineWI72.5 mi.
Lincoln Park Zoological GardensChicagoIL78.1 mi.
John G. Shedd AquariumChicagoIL78.1 mi.
Milwaukee County Zoological GardensMilwaukeeWI79.3 mi.
International Crane FoundationBarabooWI89.9 mi.
Glen Oak ZooPeoriaIL112.2 mi.

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