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A mountain biker explores Peoria's Jubilee College State Park.

Photograph by Tim McGrath

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GPS: 40°44'N, 89°36'W

Peoria’s fresh set of forest-lined singletrack has made it a new Midwest hub, thanks to the Peoria Area Mountain Bike Association’s trailblazing efforts (


Head just west of downtown Peoria and hit up Jubilee College State Park for some killer mountain biking ( For more singletrack options, check out the Peoria Area Mountain Bike Association's roster of area trails ( Come evening, pedalers and paddlers hit the revamped riverfront for microbrews and live music.


Grab a quick, healthy bite at the bohemian One World Cafe. Their eclectic menu offers soy-cheese pizza and chocolate soda (


If you want to stay in downtown Peoria, the Mark Twain Hotel is a great boutique hotel that offers complimentary cocktails (doubles from $135;