Five state of the art hotels opening in Australia


AUSTRALIA’S hotel industry is experiencing a building boom with 120 hotel projects in the pipeline, which will grow the accommodation stock by 30% over the next five years, according to Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA).
This year saw Australia pass the 100,000 room mark and it is forecast over 4000 rooms will be added in 2017, and 5000 rooms in 2018, transforming every capital city across the country with new properties ranging from 500+-room internationally branded luxury properties to intimate boutique hotels.
Want the lowdown on some hot new upcoming hotels in Australia’s capital cities? Get ready to park your Australian car rental wheels at the homes of these five new kids on the block.
Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour (pictured)
Opening Q4 2017
This is the hotel Sydney has been waiting for – the first new built 5-star hotel in almost twenty years that will underpin the $3.4 billion redevelopment of Darling Harbour. Located next to the new International Convention Centre, the $360 million, 590 room Sofitel, designed by Sydney architect Richard Francis-Jones, is encased in a lacework glass facade, and topped with a rooftop pool deck (and a heliport, if owner Dr Jerry Schwartz gets his way).

Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands
Opening 28 March, 2017
The Digital Harbour precinct of Docklands is set to become a new accommodation hub for Melbourne with three major hotels announced, starting with the launch in March of the Four Points by Sheraton. A striking, contemporary high-rise, the hotel will feature 273 rooms and suites with harbour and city views, a heated, outdoor swimming pool and a large function and conference centre. With Etihad Stadium just across the way, the Four Points will open just in time for the AFL season.

Aloft Hotel Perth
Opening 1 May 2017
Perth will provide the Australian debut for Starwood’s Aloft brand, which is designed to appeal to ‘next generation’ travellers, with technology to the fore, New York loft style rooms, a buzzy, Re:mix communal lobby lounge and living area, a grab and go cafe called  and Re:fuel, and their signature W XYZ bar, which will host live music from local artists. The ‘Cool Concierge’ tablets provide access to local attractions, while children receive ‘Camp Aloft’ packs and special treats.

Sage Hotel James Street, Fortitude Valley
Opening mid-2017
Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley has become the epicentre for hip and happening hotels in Brisbane, with the James Street dining and entertainment precinct transforming the once red light district. The Sage hotel is set to join the district’s eclectic collection of hotels from mid-year and will have the benefit of the revitalised Queens Arms (the QA) next to it. The Sage – part of the Silverneedle group – will offer 93 rooms, a restaurant, boutique wine cellar on the ground level, and fast and free wifi.
Holiday Inn Express Hindley Street
Opening Q3 2017
Great value in a prime CBD location is what Holiday Inn Express is all about. Light, bright and perfect for business or leisure, the 245 room hotel is located in Hindley Street, one of Adelaide’s premier thoroughfares and surrounded by the city’s best restaurants and shopping. Signature inclusions such as free wifi, express breakfast options and self-service business centre and laundry make this a perfect option for visitors who want great value accommodation to experience the buzz of the city.



Four museums in Melbourne you must visit

By Australia / Melbourne /

Melbourne is home to world class museums. They all offer an exciting educational experience. Instead of just reading about history and humanity’s greatest accomplishments in print, you can actually see them for yourself in person at one of these unique museums.

New exhibitions are always coming and going, which means it’s always a good time to visit. Hire a car from Melbourne Airport and pencil in a date to explore one of these venues.

Melbourne Museum (pictured)
This venue is perhaps the city’s most famous museum. Almost every Victorian child has visited the Melbourne Museum at some point. It has won many awards and is home to an extensive collection of natural and cultural artefacts. Some of the most enjoyable memories include getting close to Australia’s most famous racehorse Phar Lap or walking through an indoor rainforest. You can also watch a 3D documentary on the IMAX Theatre’s eight storey high screen.

National Gallery of Victoria
You’ll discover more than 68,000 works of art spread between NGV International’s site in Southbank and Federation Square. The artistic marvels include Australian, Indigenous, Asian and European paintings and sculptures. The art museum was founded in 1861, making it Australia’s oldest and most visited art museum.

Old Melbourne Gaol
Back in the mid-1800s when the gaol was first built, it dominated the Melbourne skyline. It stood as a symbol of authority, where the most dangerous criminals where housed alongside the homeless and mentally ill. Today, skyscrapers surround the gaol. However, it’s fascinating stories of what occurred behind these walls remain. Take a tour of the gaol to find out which infamous prisoners were held here. You can even take a night tour and see the gaol by candlelight if you’re brave enough!

National Sports Museum
Celebrate Australia’s rich sporting history at the iconic MCG. It’s home to the country’s largest collection of sporting memorabilia from some of our greatest heros. There’s something for everybody inside. There are also school holiday activities for the children and an interactive gallery. There’s also the chance to test your footy skills against some of the best AFL players and compare your strengths against elite athletes.

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6 summer sensations in Sydney

By Australia / Sydney /

Sydney is the perfect destination in the summer. It’s the time of year where you can spend pretty much your entire trip outdoors as you explore each attraction the city has to offer. Whether that’s a stroll along the beach, an adrenaline-filled activity or an evening of fine dining, Sydney has everything. But one of the best things about Sydney is its food scene.

Hire a car from Sydney Airport and choose from these six summer sensations.

Visit a dining precinct
This city is bursting with fantastic places to eat and drink. There are plenty of lively and emerging dining hubs, including Surry Hills and Chatswood. In Chippendale you’ll find a chic restaurant called Ester. It’s tucked away with its arched openings and dimly lit space. Sweet tooths should consider heading to Black Star Pastry in Newtown. A mouthful of one of these delicious sensations will change the way you think about dessert forever.

Explore a produce market
Fill your weekend with markets! There’s plenty to choose from. One of the most reputable is Carriageworks Farmers Market. This award-winning authentic farmers market is held every Saturday. Fresh, seasonal produce from more than 70 stalls fills the site, located in the heart of the CBD. These delights are picked and packed with love.

Chill on a rooftop
Sometimes where you’re dining is almost just as important as the tastes filling your mouth. Welcome to Glenmore at the Rocks, where you’re treated to 180-degree views of the harbour and CBD from a rooftop. Enjoy these sensational views as you enjoy scrumptious, high-end pub food. It’s the perfect place to enjoy dinner and sunset on a summer’s night.

Go on a gourmet safari tour
Food lovers unite for a gourmet safari adventure! Your guide whisks you to some of the most exotic food precincts in the city. You’ll learn about culinary food and customs while feasting on some of the most flavoursome dishes. Gourmet safari tours give visitors a taste of China, Greece, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Africa, to name a few cuisines.

Chinatown night market
Chinatown is one of Sydney’s most popular international food scenes. Walk just a few metres and you’ll feel like you’ve entered an entirely different country. Here, you’ll receive a good taste of Chinese culture. At certain times of the year there’s even food stalls that line the streets, giving you ample opportunity to sample several dishes. Think Hong Kong, Hanoi, Tokyo, and more!

Dine on the water
Sydney Harbour is one of the most beautiful stretches of water in Australia. At night the water lights up with reflections of the city’s main attractions, such as the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. How else better to spend a romantic evening then on board a luxury dinner cruise with million dollar views on the water?

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Discover Launceston and surrounds

By Australia / Tasmania /

Launceston is one of the most beautiful places worth discovering in northern Tasmania. This gorgeous riverside city is full of charm and history. Immerse yourself in Launceston and surrounds and tick these four activities off your adventure list.

All you need to do is hire a car from Launceston Airport and check out these highlights.

The National Automobile Museum of Tasmania
This museum features over 100 years’ of stylish automobiles. Rolls Royce, Aston Martin and Jaguar are some of the big brands you’ll get to admire. The upper level of the museum is home to many motorcycles. It’s a must-visit for rev-heads who are keen to learn about history and the technological advances over time. There’s also a chance to take home some memorabilia.

Tamar Valley wineries
The Tamar Valley stretches from the rolling hills surrounding Launceston to the beautiful beaches of the Bass Strait. The valley is home to forests, vineyards and orchards, which makes it the perfect destination to relax and sample fine wine. You’ll find award-winning wineries throughout the valley. At the heart of the region is the Tamar Valley Wine Route, which is the oldest wine region in Tasmania. You’ll find winery after winery, all noted for Chardonnay, Pinor Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Riesling.

Launceston Tramway Museum
Step back in time by taking part in a 1940s tram ride at the Launceston Tramway Museum. Live part of the state’s history as you travel along the Inveresk precinct rail track past beautiful forests and valleys. It took seven years to restore Launceston’s only surviving double bogie tram. While here, you can also explore the museum’s large, modern display gallery.

Cataract Gorge
Locals call it “The Gorge” and it’s just minutes from the city centre. Travel a pathway along the cliff face, which looks down onto the South Esk River. It was originally built in the 1890s. There’s also a swimming pool and open area on the southern side of the First Basin. You’ll also discover hiking trails, gardens and wildlife, cafes and the gorge’s famous chairlift.

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Chicago: 5 great ways to play in the Windy City

By United States /

Chicago, nicknamed the ‘Windy City’, has so much to offer its visitors. There are outdoor activities, historical attractions and food and shopping tours to keep you occupied.

Hire a car from Chicago Airport and discover these five great ways to play.

Bike and Brew Tour
Explore Chicago’s unique breweries with a scenic bike ride along the city’s famous Lakefront Trail. Sample food and some of the best beer as you visit the Chinatown and Pilsen neighbourhoods. Your local guide teaches you about Chicago’s beer scene and its long brewing history. This ride is not only educational, but it’s also a lot of fun.

Navy Pier
Chicago’s famous Navy Pier has a long and fascinating history. It opened to the public in 1916 as a dock for freights and a public event venue. In World War Two, the site transformed into a Navy training centre. Today the ‘People’s Pier’ is a great entertainment venue and vantage point to admire the city’s skyline. Some of the main attractions include the 4000 square feet of tunnel inside the Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze. There’s also theme park rides, a children’s museum and a large, lush botanical garden.

Chicago Crime Tours
The Windy City has been home to some of America’s most famous criminals and gangsters. Explore this underworld with a sightseeing tour. An experienced guide takes you to the sites of some of the most horrific crimes from the 19th century through to recent times. Learn about the devastating St Valentine’s Day Massacre, The Untouchables or The Chicago Mob. This tour will keep you on the edge.

1893 World’s Fair Walking Tour
The Chicago World’s Far was originally held to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the New World. Today, the very site where it was held has become one of the city’s key attractions. A walking tour takes you back in time as you learn about entertaining and unusual facts about the event. Delve into the games, food, drink, architecture and entertainment that brought the city to life.

Tall Ship Windy
The Windy City is home to is very own Tall Ship Windy. The majestic 148-foot vessel represents the Golden Age of Sail. Jump onboard for a sailing adventure and prepare to be mesmerised by its character and charm. You can even join in with raising the sail and relaying orders. Prepare to be inspired as you admire the city skyline while learning a thing or two about sailing.



AFL grand final fever – five places to stay in Melbourne

By Australia / Melbourne /

STAR footballers retiring, others being given the flick, a coach sacked and season over for 8 Australian Football League teams. Yep, it’s the end of the home and away season in the AFL and it all turns a little stir crazy as the other 8 teams are a chance in this year’s finals – it’s time to find some accommodation and snap up a bargain rental car at Melbourne Airport for that big day on October 1 when the MCG comes alive for a full day of entertainment and footy action.


Pullman on the Park

Upscale hotel right opposite the “G” and Fitzroy Gardens. If you want to be right on top of all the action for both the pre GF parade and the big game the next day then you probably need to get in quick for Pullman on the Park. Only 24km from the airport, the hotel is also smack bang in the middle of Melbourne’s sports precinct.

10 words or less: Swish hotel and everything is within walking distance.


Airport Tourist Village Melbourne

Let’s face it, if you’re flying into Melbourne from interstate, sometimes it’s easy to park your wheels somewhere close for when you arrive and when you depart. While ATVM is a budget option for a stay in Melbourne, it’s convenience with a capital C and “just plane handy”, as the ATVM say. It’s a mixed bag of studio units, executive apartments, deluxe or standard cabins. Simplicity, clean and tidy, and undercover BBQ facilities. modern park, centrally located just minutes from Melbourne’s domestic and international airports, and an easy trip by car or public transport from Melbourne’s CBD.

10 words or less: Super close to the airport, simple, tidy, close to CBD.


Grand Hyatt Melbourne

Another one right near the footy action. It’s also a five minute walk to Federation Square, 15 minute walk to the National Gallery of Victoria and all the other attractions Melbourne’s CBD has to offer. Throw in the fact the facilities are five star magic, stunning floor to ceiling windows, service of the highest standard and you’ll be sleeping like a king or queen when you’re not screaming support for your favourite footy club.

10 words or less: sheer luxury in the heart of the city.


The Olsen Hotel

Adorned with beautiful artworks from artist John Olsen, close proximity to trendy Chapel Street and less than 3km from the MCG – the Olsen is a special kind of place to experience unique accommodation in the heart of Melbourne.

10 words or less: Quirky, quality, trendy and THE best bed and pillow combo around.


Crown Towers

Lavishly appointed guest rooms, suites and villas in beautiful Crown Towers in Southbank. Just a kilometre from historic Flinders Street Station, it’s a hive of activity right near the Yarra River, which snakes its way with accompanying walking tracks up to the mighty MCG where the two best teams in the AFL will battle it out for the big one. An ideal hotel for those looking for all the magic of Crown casino.

10 words or less: glitz and glam by the riverside in beautiful Southbank.

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5 great things to do within an hour from Heathrow

By UK /

Stuck at Heathrow Airport for a few hours with nothing to do? Instead of waiting in the airport for hours until your next flight, why don’t you explore some of the highlights nearby? Simply pick up your hire car from Heathrow Airport and do one of these five great things to do within an hour from Heathrow.

Windsor Castle
Drive just 15 minutes from Heathrow Airport to visit one of England’s most iconic castles. Windsor Castle still operates as a royal palace, where official ceremonies often take place. The majestic castle is surrounded by colourful gardens and a variety of old buildings, including the Chapel of Saint George with its colourful stained glass. Take a guided tour so you can learn about the history of the castle and the royals who have lived here.

London Tower Bridge
Journey 40 minutes east into central London to tour some of the city’s famous sights. Among the top of your list should be London Tower Bridge. It’s a marvellous structure which looks over the River Thames and other iconic landmarks, such as Big Ben. Since opening in 1894, millions of people have visited the 65m high structure. From the top you can also look through a glass floor and explore modern exhibits.

This picturesque village is unlike any other place you’ve ever laid eyes on! The main street of the village is full of Georgian-style houses and businesses. One of the great reasons to visit Denham is the traditional pubs – they prove to be a massive hit with the tourists and locals alike! There’s the Swan and just out of town is the Standard of England near Beaconsfield.

Hampton Court Palace
With its stunning architecture and medieval charm, Hampton Court Palace is one of the landmarks you’ll regret not seeing if you don’t make the time for a visit. The outside of the palace stands tall and proud in Tudor red brick architecture. Within these impressive walls are spiral chimneys, great paintings, fancy gardens and even a maze. Best of all, it’s only a 20 minute drive from Heathrow.

Stoke Park Spa
There’s plenty of things to do in Stoke-on-Trent. Also add the Stoke Park Spa to your list. It’s situated within a 1000-year-old estate. This retreat is the perfect place to go when you need to relax and it oozes elegance and luxury. There are Italian marble steam rooms, a deep relaxation room and other options which cater for your every need. Whether you want a facial, body wrap or cultural experience, this extensive menu has a treatment for everyone.



Spring sensations in Melbourne

By Australia / Melbourne /

Spring is one of the most sensational times to visit Melbourne. Not only are the flowers across the city’s gardens in full bloom, but the sun starts to come out after a long, cold winter. Hire a car from Melbourne Airport and explore one of these events.

AFL Grand Final (pictured)
After a season of suspense, every footy fan in Australia has their sights set on the AFL Grand Final. The big game is full of excitement and drama, with the two top teams battling it out in front of a packed area. Be one of the 100,000 screaming fans watching the game unfold inside the MGG.

Royal Melbourne Show
The show is perhaps Victoria’s most iconic event. There are colourful lights, exhibits, rides and 450,000 people who pack the Melbourne Showgrounds for eleven days in September. There are exiting activities, plenty of competition and pop up restaurants of some of the city’s finest eateries. Of course, no visit to the show is complete without walking away with a show bag.

Melbourne Cup Carnival
The Melbourne Cup is one of Australia’s (and the world’s) most prestigious horse races. The first Tuesday of November sees people from all over flock to Flemington Racecourse for not only one of the world’s best horse races, but also the fashion. Colourful designer frocks light up the field. This event is also steeped in history, with the first race dating back to 1861.

Melbourne Festival
The Melbourne Festival is one of the country’s leading international arts festivals. Every year in Spring it lives up to its reputation as showcasing the latest and most creative in the arts. From theatre, music and dance to visual arts and multimedia, the festival showcases innovation and vision. The event runs for 17 days every October.

Melbourne Marathon Festival
The Melbourne Marathon kicks off at the perfect time of year. It has a full marathon, half marathon, and also a few smaller races. The Melbourne Marathon has been going every year since 1978. These days, thousands of people participate in the marathon.



5 reasons to visit Philadelphia

By United States /

Philadelphia is known for its rich history and vibrant culture. Pennsylvania’s largest city attracts 40 million visitors a year and everywhere you turn there’s something to do.

So why not organise a hire car from Philadelphia airport. While you’re at it, knock off this list of five great things to see or do in the city.

Liberty Bell Centre
The Liberty Bell is one of Philadelphia’s most powerful icons. At the Liberty Bell Centre, you can delve into its history. You’ll learn about how this huge bell came to become a symbol of freedom, which was used on everything from wind chimes to ice cream molds. You’ll also see X-Rays, which show an old crack through the bell. It’s a free walk through the centre. It’s also open year-round from 9am to 5pm, and there’s extended hours in the summer.

Reading Terminal Market
The market was established in 1892 at 12th and Arch Streets, making it the country’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market. After it’s distinguished history, it’s become known as one of the nation’s greatest public markets. Whether you’re after fresh produce, exotic meats or impeccably baked goods, you’ll find every type of stall here. If you have time, make sure you chat with some of the merchants. Many of them are descendants of the original stand holders who were part of the market when it opened more than a century ago.

Walnut Street Theatre (pictured)
While in Philadelphia take a tour of or watch a play at the Walnut Street Theatre. The company has a proud history of supporting local performance. Some of the most noteworthy actors of the 19th and 20th centuries have appeared on stage here, including Edwin Booth, Mike Nichols, Jane Fonda and Katharine Hepburn. But America’s oldest theatre has interesting roots, as it was originally home to horses.

Schuylkill River Trail
Get outdoors and enjoy the Schuylkill River Trail. Whether you feel like a job, a bike ride or a leisurely walk, you can have a go at all or part of the trail. It extends several miles across Southeastern Pennsylvania, with part of the trail stretching 30 miles from Philadelphia to Parkerford. Pass the riverside and admire the city’s skyline as you complete the trail.

Eastern State Penitentiary
Visit the Eastern State Penitentiary and pick up an audio headset. It will guide you through the complex at your own pace and explain its history. You’ll learn about riots that have occurred inside these walls, impressive escape plots and more. Take a haunted tour of Terror Behind the Walls, which is inside the castle-like walls of the complex. This is rated as among the country’s top haunted attractions.



Great day trips from London

By Europe / UK /

London is one of the world’s greatest cities. With attractions like Big Ben, London Bridge and Buckingham Palace, there’s plenty to keep you pulled into the city centre. However, time never seems to stop in London, and that brings with it a whole lot of noise, tourists and journey to England isn’t complete unless you venture out into the countryside, full of rolling green hills and quaint villages.

Book a hire car from Heathrow Airport and head out on one of these five great day trips.


Drive two hours south west of London and you’ll find one of the world’s most famous prehistoric monuments. Many mysterious still remain about Stonehenge, which is more than 5000 years old. A visit to the site allows you to walk in the footsteps of our Neolithic ancestors and you can even step inside a Neolithic House to discover what everyday life was life. For the best pictures, try to book a Stone Circle Access tours, which occurs either very early morning or late evening.


This charming city is set in rolling countryside, about two hours west of London. Bath is most famous for its natural hot springs and 18th Century Georgian architecture. People have been visiting the city for thousands of years, and it’s no less spectacular today. The iconic attraction is the original Roman Baths, including the Great Bath, statues and a temple. Once finished, make sure you take a stroll through the vibrant Prior Park Landscape Gardens.

Blenheim Palace

England is full of beautiful palaces, but all are unique and nothing compares to Blenheim Palace. Drive about an hour and a half north west of London, where you’ll find one of the country’s largest houses. The UNESCO World Heritage Site was built between 1705 and 1722 and was designed in the rare English Baroque style. Much history has been witnessed inside these spectacular walls, including the birth of Sir Winston Churchill. From Monday to Saturday there are guided tours of the State Rooms and gardens.

Osea Island

Osea Island is about a two hour drive North East of London. It offers nearly 400 acres of beautiful countryside. It also has a stunning village, which is surrounded by four miles of beaches and coastline. This luxury island is worth staying overnight, but it still makes for a lovely day trip, with plenty of relaxing activities. The island also has a fascinating history which spans 5000 years. Here, you’ll discover the remains of Neolithin villages, Viking burial grounds and Roman occupation.

Mayfield Lavender Farm

Fields of gorgeous purple await about an hour south of London. At Mayfield Lavender Farm you have 25 acres to walk through and photograph. It’s a family-run farm, which is open from May until September.The best months of the year to visit are July and August, when the lavender is in full bloom, and an annual photo competition is held.



5 ways to play in Sydney this winter

By Australia / Sydney /

In winter when you’re in need of a holiday, look no further than Sydney! While the coastal city comes to life in summer, it’s also an exciting destination full of things to do in winter.

Hire a car through DriveNow, chuck on some warmer layers and check out this list of five ways to play in Sydney during the cold weather.

Sydney Opera House

The Opera House caused a controversial stir when it first opened in 1973. However, with time it became one of the twentieth century’s most iconic manmade attractions. It’s highly recommended that you get your hands on some tickets to see a show one night. You can also book a tour to gain VIP backstage access to the Opera House and learn about its fascinating history.

Whale watching

From April to November each year, thousands of whales migrate between New South Wales and Queensland to give birth. While on their journey to and from the warmer northern waters, the humpback whales pass Sydney. Grab a pair of binoculars and make your way to North Head Lookout and Cape Solander. These are some of the best vantage points to spot humpback whales.

Roller skating

It can be hard to get motivated to exercise during the cooler months. So why not make it fun? Head to Sydney’s Rollerhouse, where you’ll experience the ultimate roller disco! Sing along to your all-time-favourite tunes, grab your leg warmers and dress up in neon gear for the night. All while improving your skating skills with your friends!

Sydney Observatory

Visit the Sydney Observatory to learn about the stars and planets that fill our night sky. It’s set inside a beautiful sandstone building, which is the highest point that overlooks the harbour. Guides will teach you about the universe while you explore the exhibitions on display. During the daytime, you can also put on special lenses to observe the sun. The observatory is open 10am to 5pm daily.

Vivid Sydney

Every year Vivid Sydney warms up the city with its incredible light displays. Taronga Zoo, The Royal Botanic Garden and the Sydney Opera House are among the iconic sites that will light up with moving projections of magical colours and patterns. In 2016, the festival runs from May 27 to June 18. This year’s theme is heavily focused on flora and fauna.

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On the road in Chicago and surrounds

By United States /

In Chicago there are many great things to stop off and explore while you’re on the road. Admire the great city from the sky and discovering its natural surrounds.

Grab your DriveNow hire car at Chicago Airport and you’ll come across these great destinations.

360 Chicago Observation Deck (pictured)
In the heart of downtown Chicago is the 360 Observation Deck. From the 94th floor of this 344m tall building you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the magnificent city and Lake Michigan. On clear days you can see across the lake to four other states. Consider a visit at sunset, to watch the sky change to a golden colour over the city. Enjoy a nice meal at the tower too, so your views last longer.

Chicago Theatre
Take a tour of this legendary theatre to truly admire the history and finer details of the Baroque interiors. Stand on the world famous stage and search for the autographs of your favourite actors on the backstage wall. After organising a tour, it’s well worth booking tickets to see one of the latest stage plays on show now. Tickets are available via the theatre’s website.

Segway tour
Whether you’re an experienced rider or complete beginner, a Segway ride is something that absolutely anyone can do! In the city that doesn’t rest, so neither should you! Find a Segway tour company and have fun whizzing past the locals as you take in the Chicago skyline. Your group guide will also teach you about the city’s history and hidden attractions which few tourists know about.

Lake Michigan
One of the greatest things about Chicago is the beautiful, expansive body of water that sits right next to the city. In the summer months, the Lake is thriving and there are plenty of water activities. Park your car near the lake and hire a jetski for an exhilarating ride, learn to stand up paddle board or even rent a boat to explore the lake at your own pace.

Starved Rock State Park
Drive two hours southwest of the city and you’ll find this stunning state park. It’s famous for its canyons, waterfalls and several hiking trails. Another great thing about this natural wonder is its abundant recreational activities, including picnicking, fishing, horseback riding and camping. A visit to this scenic spot of Illinois is definitely worth the drive!